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Sprinkler bursts, soaks floor at MSUM's Hagen Hall

MOORHEAD - Cold weather is likely to blame for a sprinkler that burst at Minnesota State University Moorhead this morning, sending water flowing down the main corridor of Hagen Hall, said Jeff Goebel, physical plant director.

The water soaked carpets and cabinet bottoms in some offices and classrooms near the science building's south entrance, where the leak occurred between two sets of double doors, he said.

Students, who return today for the first day of classes since winter break, were rerouted to other entrances, but Goebel said he didn't expect any classes to be canceled. Crews were on scene with wet/dry vacuums and other equipment to clean up the water.

"We'll be dealing with this for some time," Goebel said.

Water was flowing about a half-inch deep down the corridor, he said.

Moorhead firefighters were called to the building at about 7:30 a.m. after the leak set off the building's fire alarm system. They used squeegees to push the water out of the building.

Goebel said the sprinkler probably froze during the recent cold spell and burst as it thawed out under warmer temperatures.

Moorhead Fire Lt. Chad Stangeland said such sprinkler leaks are typical following periods of extremely cold temperatures that cause pipes to freeze and crack.

"You won't see the leak until it actually starts thawing out and that water inside there starts melting and all of a sudden the weak spots let go," he said. "And so we've had one over at an elementary school last week, and I anticipate now (that) we have some warmer temps, we'll be seeing them again this week."

Some cabinetry and carpet will have to be removed during the cleanup process, Goebel said.