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Forum News Service, Published January 10 2014

Fargo businesses clean up after sprinkler break

FARGO – A severe sprinkler break sent water shooting from the ceiling and left up to 8 inches of water on the floors of several businesses Thursday night.

The break occurred at 1017 4th Ave. N., which is home to storage for the building owners and Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, as well as an antique shop, Deustch’s Office Supply and a martial arts school.

Clear signs of water damage could be seen on the floors and water was still dripping from the ceilings Friday.

Building owner Ken Cummings noticed a problem with the pipes earlier in the week. He had found a sprinkler head lying on the floor and hired a contractor to fix it.

“As it turned out, apparently (the contractor) turned off the wrong half of the building,’ Cummings told WDAY-TV.

The pipes leaked for several hours until the Fargo Fire Department was able to shut off the system Thursday evening.

“Most of the stuff in (my) section isn’t anything I’m overly concerned about; it’s my renters that I’m hoping didn’t get too much damage to their stuff,” Cummings said.

Volunteers at Dakota Boy’s and Girl’s Ranch helped move property from storage Friday.

“I’m feeling lucky I got a lot of help,” said Glenda Krueger, Dakota Boy’s and Girl’s Ranch store manager.

Damage estimates were not available.