Frozen pipes burst in two downtown Madison businesses

MADISON (WKOW) -- Two downtown Madison businesses are cleaning up after a water leak that sprung overnight from frozen pipes.

Fire crews originally were dispatched to the Towers on N. Frances Street to investigate an activated alarm. A leasing manager on-site pointed firefighters to the alarm panel, which led them to the basement where water was actively flooding out of two doors. There was also a considerable amount of steam, which had set off one of the smoke detectors.

Further investigation revealed the fire pump was running, with significant water leaking out of one of the fire sprinkler heads. They returned to the alarm panel and heard a second alarm sounding. That’s when they found considerable amounts of water coming out of the Under Armor store on the 600 block of State Street. A broken sprinkler head, frozen in the below-zero temperatures, was found at the front of the store. The first floor of the store was flooded, causing water to also run into the lower level of the building, impacting the City Bar next door.

Firefighters confirmed there was no smoke or fire, and the sprinkler system was shut down to stop the leak. Firefighters grabbed some squeegees and helped clean up the first floor. City Bar staff used towels and a water vacuum to stay ahead of the problem unfolding in their business.

Building maintenance and store managers were contacted, and the City of Madison Streets Division salted the street and sidewalk, which were slippery from the water flow.

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