Pipe Bursts, Floods Three Floors at Richmond City Hall

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A sprinkler pipe that burst inside Richmond’s City Hall dumped water on three floors overnight Sunday.

According to Richmond Fire Captain Bill Martin, units were called to city hall around 7:08 Sunday night in response to the flowing water alarm.

When they arrived, they found a burst sprinkler pipe dumping water onto the 17th floor. Water was also leaking into the 16th and 15th floors as well as the elevators.

“We’re talking about a huge mess,” Martin told 8News. “This is not going to be an easy fix.”

It took responding crews about 40 minutes to get everything under control. The water had been shut off, but there was still standing water inside that needed to be removed.

Four fire companies and other utility services were called to the scene and are working to remove the water.

There’s been no word yet on what caused the pipes to burst, but it’s possible the freezing temperatures had something to do with it.

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News for the latest updates in this developing story.

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