Broken Sprinkler Floods New Firehouse

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) - A broken sprinkler at Sandusky's new firehouse flooded the administrative offices and lounge.

Carpet, armchairs and office furniture were wet, but not significantly damaged, said Jerry Fields, a technician with a company hired to dry out the building. The station's wallpaper will be replaced in some areas.

Damage estimates were not available.

The sprinkler head broke Tuesday night after it froze, then thawed, because of a cold air leak, Fields said.

Fire Chief Ken Gilliam, who dedicated the $3.9 million fire station on Dec. 26, was relieved the damage seemed minimal. He said that the station will open Jan. 15 as planned.

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