DFD responds to 20 water-related calls in 90 minutes

10:18 AM, Jan 16, 2013   |    comments
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"Homes, apartments, businesses, high-rises, restaurants, you name it, they were there," a Denver Fire Department dispatcher said.

At 1:28 a.m., the Denver Fire Department got a call about a frozen fire sprinkler line that had broken on the fourth floor of an apartment building at 620 E. 20th St.

When firefighters arrived, water was raining down around can lights and more than an inch of water puddled in apartments and hallways.

The broken water line affected 10-12 units. No one was evacuated. 

Denver Fire Department spokesman Mark Watson explained firefighters' priorities when assisting with waterline breaks and water-related calls. Watson says firefighters' number one priority is to make sure the public is safe. Their second priority is getting the water turned off. Then, they help get the clean-up process started and hand over the rest to the property owner.

Denver Water worked through the night to repair two waterline breaks. One was on Washington Street near 47th Avenue. The other was near the intersection of South Quitman Street and West Jewell Avenue. The repairs were completed just before 5:30 a.m.

The Aurora Fire Department say they had five to 10 calls on water issues overnight. The West Metro Fire Department responded to two water-issue calls, a broken fire sprinkler line and a broken water main at a restaurant. The South Metro Fire Department responded to six water related calls overnight.

Metro area fire departments say with the 20 degree warm up that's in store they expect to see respond to more water related calls as temperatures rise and pipes begin to thaw.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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