Monday, January 3, 2011

Water Flow Incident in Fife

Incident Date: 1/3/2011
Issuing Officer: Joe Meinecke
Incident Location: 2204 70 Ave E. Fife
Incident Type: Water Flow

Narrative:  At 3:02 p.m. TFD dispatched units for an automatic water flow alarm in a commercial building. 

The first arriving company found water cascading down from the ceiling onto the interior loading dock area of the food distribution business.  Crews quickly shut off the water and power supplies and began the process of clearing the water from the business.  Orders were given to evacuate the building when it was determined that a the large amount of water was trapped in the space between the roof and second floor ceiling.  The volume of trapped water was heavy enough that it represented a collapse hazard to the structure.

After a couple hours of draining the water, crews were able to safely make entry into the space and determine that a fire suppression sprinkler head had burst, activating the fire pump and three additional sprinkler heads. The cause of the bursting sprinkler head is under investigation.

There were no injuries to report.