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Sprinkler system floods apartments

Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 11:23 PM
Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 11:28 PM

Residents of a high-rise apartment building on Wentworth Avenue had to get out their mops Tuesday night because of a sprinkler system that kept on giving after doing its job.

Fire crews were dispatched to the six-story building at about 5:45 p.m. for a medical emergency, Dayton fire Capt. Fred Haney said.

Once inside, crews noticed smoke coming from an apartment on the sixth floor, Haney said. They found out later that the occupant was asleep and had left something cooking on the stove.

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The building’s sprinkler system did its job and put out the resulting fire, Haney said, but the water continued to flow until several apartments were left flooded.

“Water flowed from the sixth floor to the first floor,” he said. Fire crews had to physically shut off the water because the system would not shut itself off after the fire was out.

Maintenance workers with Greater Dayton Premier Management were able to make the building safe enough for residents to return to their apartments, Haney said.

He could not put a dollar amount on the damage done to the building and the units because of the fire, smoke and water from the sprinkler system.