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Monday, January 10, 2011

Malfunctioning Sprinkler Head Floods Senior Complex

A running sprinkler system has left a senior apartment complex near downtown Sacramento with heavy water damage, fire officials said Sunday.

Firefighters arrived at the Globe Mills Apartment complex at 1131 C Street around 1 p.m. and found a flowing sprinkler in a fourth-floor apartment. Before the water could be shut off, it seeped into apartments across several floors of the complex near and below the affected unit.

Firefighters eventually pumped hundreds of gallons of water from the complex. Multiple units will be without electrical power until more cleanup is done.

The apartment complex is a $38 million restoration project -- built with more than $16 million in tax credits and $10 million in public grants and loans - that was completed about three years ago. The complex has 146 apartments, and is located in rehabbed barley mill in the Alkali Flat neighborhood.

Firefighters weren't sure why the sprinkler system turned on; building managers are working with a restoration company to quickly repair damage.

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