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Frozen Sprinkler Floods Moline Library


Firefighters arrived on scene at the Moline Public Library to several inches of water in the building after a sprinkler system froze and burst.

Library Director Lee Ann Fisher says the lobby, café and new book store are the areas affected the most from the water damage. Fisher says she received alerts Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 about the damage and when a worker went to check on the building, there were about three inches of water inside.

"When it was colder, it was up front toward the glass windows, uh, the heat had been acting a little funky up there. We were in the process of seeing about that, so with the wind chill, it had gone down to in that particular location. You know we're lucky that it was in that location, that it wasn't in the library property with the books and stuff like that," said Fisher.

The books were not damaged but crews still have to inspect the drywall and doors. Crews also ripped up some flooring and aired out the building, but Fisher says they are lucky to have stopped the water damage before the entire library was wrecked.

The library has will be closed for the rest of the week with hopes of reopening on Saturday. The café and Friends bookstore will be closed for longer period of time.

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