Water pipe break forces evacuation at Sterling House
WILLMAR — A burst water pipe in the sprinkler system at Sterling House, a senior assisted living facility at 1501 19th Ave. S.W., soaked about 80 percent of the ground-level structure and forced the evacuation of 18 residents Tuesday afternoon.
The Willmar Fire Department was called at 1:34 p.m. after the pipe located above the floor in the mechanical room froze and burst due to cold weather, according to Fire Chief Gary Hendrickson.
He said the Fire Department assisted in shutting off the flow and removing the water.
However, residents were not able to remain in the building. Hendrickson said he called Willmar Ambulance and Willmar Bus Service to assist in transporting residents to Country Inn and Suites in Willmar for temporary shelter until Sterling House is repaired and made habitable again.
Hendrickson said firefighters were on the scene 2½ hours.