Warming trend causes watery mess for Bodo hotel

Warming trend causes watery mess for Bodo hotel

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by Andrea Lutz

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Posted on December 15, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 5:38 PM

BOISE -- Saturday night at the Hampton Inn in Boise’s downtown a thawing fire suppression pipe burst and sent water surging.

“There was quite a lot of water when we pulled up,” said Boise Fire Captain Greg Ramey.

Captain Ramey said when firefighters responded to the call they could see their work was cut out for them.

“When we got there it was a pipe that was flowing into the parking garage behind the hotel,” explained Ramey.

A first person video shows the amount of water that came flowing inside the parking garage, which Captain Ramey said was due to a frozen fire suppression pipe that was expanding and thawing.

It was not the first time the fire crews responded to the report of burst pipes as the temperatures in the Treasure Valley started to warm after our recent cold snap.

Last Tuesday, pipes burst at the Tavern at Bown Crossing causing damage inside the building and forcing the restaurant to close for a couple days. Also, United Water Idaho workers were out last week helping more than 70 customers thaw their pipes.

However, Saturday night, it took some time for Boise firefighters to stop the broken line, drain the water and help dry out the lobby of the hotel and the parking garage.

“Once the water was below the threshold of the door we were pretty much done doing what we could do,” said Ramey.

Captain Ramey also said this recent incident is a good reminder for everyone to take some precautionary measures to keep pipes from freezing and especially as they start to thaw. 

“Keeping the house warm, as warm as you can affordably keep it making sure that there are not exposed pipes, that pipes are insulated,” suggested Ramey.

General Manager of the Hampton, Erik Hansen, said the pipe burst in the garage area, which is not heated and the water poured below denting one car and covering another with water.

Hansen said they actually had a fire suppression pipe burst during last winter's cold snap. It was in a completely different area of the building. He says they will now likely be wrapping the pipes with heating tape.



 

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