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Burst pipe leads to evacuation of apartments Friday morning


This news story was published on January 3, 2014.
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MASON CITY – A frozen water line that burst early Friday morning in a Mason city apartment house lead to an evacuation.

Mason City fire personnel was dispatched at 6:20 AM to 714 North Pennsylvania Avenue after tenants reported that water was leaking through the ceiling, floors and walls of the residence.

The Mason City Fire Department said today that a water line had frozen and burst, causing water to lek and spread.  Fire department personnel shut off the water, and Alliant Energy was called to shut off the power.

“I just came from one apartment that water had leaked onto the man’s tv and electrical equipment,” a tenant told NIT. “Water is coming through the ceiling and walls. I’m going to my apartment to check out if there is any damage.”

The windows could be seen with frost developing on the inside.

The Red Cross was notified to assist an unknown number of tenants who were in need of assistance.

There was no word on the amount of damage to the structure, which is owned by Joseph Siems of Nora Springs.

714 N. Penn., Firefighters investigate water leak

714 N. Penn., Firefighters investigate water leak

Looks like frost developing on the inside, upstairs window

Looks like frost developing on the inside, upstairs window

Tenant going to check her apartment

Tenant going to check her apartment

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