Frozen pipes rupture at Grayslake senior complex
NEWS-SUN STAFF REPORT January 7, 2013 8:30PM
Updated: February 9, 2013 6:21AM
GRAYSLAKE — Officials are assessing damage at the new Lakefront Residences of Grayslake when a frozen sprinkler-system pipe ruptured, forcing residents to evacuate and leaving some 15 unoccupied units with water damage.
Battalion Chief Jim Weidman with the Grayslake Fire Protection District said Monday that while no financial estimate was available on the damage, water seeped into units and hallways on all three floors on the building’s west side when the pipe burst around 11:30 a.m. Friday, activating fire alarms.
“It came in to us as a fire alarm because the sprinkler released, and that sets off the alarm,” Weidman said. “We shut the sprinklers down and then assisted in trying to keep damage to a minimum.”
Lakefront Residences opened in November on Route 120 at Neville Drive, west of Lake Street, as a 70-unit facility for seniors aged 55 and older. No injuries were reported in the incident.