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Published January 10, 2014, 08:30 PM

Burst pipe causes damage to Fargo businesses

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -Several Fargo businesses are cleaning up after a severe sprinkler break sends water shooting from the ceiling.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -Several Fargo businesses are cleaning up after a severe sprinkler break sends water shooting from the ceiling.

The break happened Thursday night inside of a large building in North Fargo leaving inches of water on the floor.

This large building at 1017 4th Avenue North is home to storage for both the building owners and Dakota Boy's And Girl's Ranch, as well as an antique shop, Deustch's Office Supply, and a martial arts school.

Ken Cummings, building owner: “This was all spraying all over everything this direction.

Clear signs of water damage scatter the floors and still drip from the ceilings.

But, the cause started well before this mess, when Building Owner Ken Cummings noticed a problem with the pipes.

Cummings: “Found the sprinkler head laying on the floor.”

And brought in help to fix it.

Cummings: “As it turned out, apparently he turned off the wrong half of the building because then I'm going to guess it was about 9 last night, get a call from our renter Paul.”

That renter was able to capture this video. Water almost a foot deep flooding the entire building.

Cummings: “Came in and this was all covered under 8 inches of water.”

And leaking for several hours. Now, most of the water is gone, only puddles pool on the ground. But, proof of its destruction covers the large building, and everything housed inside.

Cummings: “Most of the stuff in this section isn't anything I'm overly concerned about, it's my renters that I'm hoping didn't get too much damage to their stuff.”

Krueger: “We had most things in plastic tubs, so we'll be doing okay, it's just some cleanup.”

Now volunteers at Dakota Boy's and Girl's Ranch have their hands full, trying to haul all of their nearly soaked supplies from storage.

Glenda Krueger, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Store Manager: “I'm feeling lucky I got a lot of help.”

Fargo Fire department helped shut off the water, but it had already seeped into all of the businesses.

Damage estimates are not yet available.

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