EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSFirefighters Say Water Line Rupture At Nitro Building Occurred After Worker Hits Line
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Reported: Sep. 17, 2013 10:42 AM EDT
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013 12:27 PM EDT
Nitro , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Residents in three to four apartments at a senior high-rise in Nitro where a water line rupture occurred are likely to be displaced because of damage, Nitro Fire Chief Jeff Elkins said.
Elkins said the water line rupture occurred in the building Tuesday morning when a construction crew working inside one of the apartments hit a water line. Residents were evacuated, and it took about 15 to 20 minutes to shut off the water.
The apartments that sustained the most problems had soaked carpets and some ceiling tiles were damaged, the chief said.
Residents were being allowed to go back into the left wing of the building, but the right wing of the building was still evacuated. Some residents were waiting outside for the apartment manager to figure out their next step and their families were coming to the facility to help them.
A water line rupture that forced the evacuation of a Nitro apartment complex occurred after a construction worker on the second floor of the building hit a water line, firefighters said.
The incident happened about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Village on Park, an apartment complex in the 1600 block of Park Avenue across from Nitro High School. Metro 911 said about 4 to 5 inches of water was in the building before the water was shut off.
Firefighters said residents were being kept outside of the building for a period, and they were being evaluated to see if anyone needed their medication. A large number of senior citizens live in the apartment building.
During the evacuation, a woman fell and received a facial injury. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.
An apartment building in Nitro was evacuated Tuesday morning after a water line rupture, Metro 911 said.
The incident happened about 10:30 a.m. at a building in the 1600 block of Park Avenue, an emergency dispatcher said.
The dispatcher said there was about 4 to 5 inches of water inside the building.
Eyewitness News has a crew headed to the scene. Stay tuned for the updates on this story.
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