Frigid Temps Cause Sprinkler System To Burst At Tulsa Apartment Building

Wednesday, January 12th 2011, 3:43 pm
By: News On 6 & Ashli Sims, News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Water problems forced dozens of residents at a Tulsa apartment building to evacuate Wednesday afternoon.

Tulsa Firefighters were called to the Country Club Garden Apartments at 400 West Latimer Street about 2:30 p.m.  Firefighters said the cold weather caused the sprinkler system to burst.

Frances Jackson said she'd just gotten home from work when she discovered the problem.

"Going to get comfortable but, next thing I know I hear this boom. And I run in there and there's all this water," she said.

The News On 6 found water dripping from the third floor to the first, which damaged the ceilings of several units. 

"All over the floor, its running to my living room and dining room. Thank God it hasn't run to my bedroom. I'm tired," Jackson said.

Firefighters said 50 families were evacuated while they tried to clean up the mess.  Workers at the complex told News On 6 53 units were evacuated.

Firefighters said the Country Club Gardens residents probably won't be allowed to return until tomorrow.

Frigid temperatures have caused several water main breaks in Tulsa.

A frozen pipe and a frozen heating coil caused a water leak at Central Park Condominiums in downtown Tulsa Tuesday night. About 80 units were damaged.  Residents are being put up in a hotel for the next few nights.

1/12/2011 Related Story: Frozen Pipe Floods Downtown Tulsa Condominiums

Water also flooded the streets near Edison and Santa Fe Wednesday morning after a water main break there. Crews fixed the line Wednesday afternoon.

1/12/2011 Related Story: Crews Fix Tulsa Water Main Break