57 displaced after broken sprinkler floods Chesapeake apartment building

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A broken fire sprinkler pipe flooded a Chesapeake apartment building on Sunday evening, leading to 57 adults being displaced from their homes.

It happened at Heron’s Landing Apartments at 2133 S. Military Highway. Firefighters received the call at 6:38 p.m. and arrived to find flooding throughout the building.

The pipe malfunctioned up on the third floor, leading to water cascading down to the floors beneath. Water damage and possible electrical hazards forced the entire building’s evacuation.

Carnell Smith has been a resident for five years and said the water was coming down quickly.

“We looked in the middle of the hallway and it was just pouring down, the water was pouring down on the floor and it was starting to get a little high because when I walked through it, my shoes got wet,” said Smith. “This is major, I’ve never seen it come from the third floor all the way down to the main hallway.”

Chesapeake firefighters say they’re helping the complex’s management with transporting occupants to area hotels.

The Executive Director of Virginia Supportive Housing tells 10 on your side that residents should be back in their apartments in four days and safety is of the utmost importance when dealing with an electrical issue from the bursting pipe. Stay with WAVY.com for updates.

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