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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Pipe Bursts, Floods Local Businesses

Cold weather took its toll Tuesday on at least one New Year’s resolution — to get into shape — after a frozen pipe burst and flooded the Bodyworks Fitness and Spa in Libertyville.

The Libertyville Fire Department called in neighboring departments for extra manpower to help vacuum and tarp areas inside the facility to prevent more damage.

Assistant Chief Mike Cloe said a 4-inch sprinkler pipe in the attic of the building at 510 First Street cracked and leaked water into the second floor.

“You couldn’t even open the door at first it was so high. Once the door opened it gushed out and ran down the stairwell,” he said.

The firefighters tarped exercise equipment and other areas like a cosmetics counter and juice bar area. The second floor, where the business had classes and massages, sustained the most damage.

Cloe said damage was estimated at $150,000 to $200,000.

Firefighters used backpack wet vacuums to try and dry out the fitness center.

An insurance company hired a restoration company to do the final clean-up.

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