Richmond, Va., (WRIC) – Richmond Fire Crews responded to 1501 N 21st, Fairmount House, for a fire alarm, just after 5:00 p.m. Sunday night.
Crews found that the alarm activated from a broken sprinkler pipe. Numerous apartments were flooded and water entered the electrical system of the building.
Building officials are currently working with maintenance personnel from the Fairmount House to isolate power to part of the building so some residents may be able to stay.
All residents displaced due to the lack of power in the building will be temporarily placed in hotels. One resident displaced tells 8News that her floor is damaged from the water and she only had 20 minutes to pack before being told to evacuate.
This is a developing story.