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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.

Dan Burdett

Dan Burdett is the community content coordinator at the West Central Tribune. He has 13 years experience in print media, to include four years enlisted service in the United States Air Force. He has been an employee of Forum Communications since 2005, joining the company after spending two years as the managing editor of the Redwood Gazette and Livewire in Redwood Falls. Prior to his current position, Dan was the presentation editor at the Tribune.

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