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Fairbanks theater floods after sprinkler pipe breaks

December 27, 2018

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — No long-term water damage is expected at a Fairbanks theater after a broken sprinkler pipe caused flooding, officials said.

The flooding occurred last week at the Pioneer Park Centennial Center for the Arts, which contains a theater, civic center and art gallery, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Wednesday.

An alarm went off Friday night, but no fire or smoke was found, said Matt Want, a DJ who was working an event at the civic center that night.

Want said he noticed water pooling in a stairwell, and he could hear water pouring into the theater, which was behind a locked door. Firefighters later pried open the door and found water flowing from the ceiling above the stage.

The flooding was caused by a broken sprinkler pipe, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Bryce Ward said. He didn’t have information about what caused the pipe to fail, he said.

Maintenance workers were able to clean up the water and used floor fans to help dry the carpeting inside the theater.

“Fortunately, they got it before it was too bad,” Ward said. “It was a lot of water, but they were able to get it dried up.”

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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