Water pipe bursts at Tempe apartments - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

UPDATE

Water pipe bursts at Tempe apartments

Resident evacuate. (Source: KPHO-TV) Resident evacuate. (Source: KPHO-TV)
The incident happened at Tower 1 at West 6th in Tempe. (Source: KPHO-TV) The incident happened at Tower 1 at West 6th in Tempe. (Source: KPHO-TV)
TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

Electrical repairs are underway at a Tempe apartment building after a pipe connected to fire sprinklers burst on the eighth floor Wednesday, forcing residents to evacuate.

The incident happened at Tower 1 at West 6th.

Firefighters turned off the power and evacuated floors one through eight.

Around 3:30 p.m., floors nine through 22 were evacuated and power was shut down to the remainder of the building. Tempe fire spokesman Phil Rohe said there was flooding on the floors.

Rohe also said the electrical system was damaged.

About 8 p.m., firefighters discovered power couldn't be turned back on and ordered residents on all 22 floors to leave the building.

Management helped people get into hotels, Rohe said.

Electricians hired by the West 6th property management company are starting to repair damaged electrical wiring.

The West 6th management team and electrical engineers are working to restore temporary power to allow as many residents as possible to return home, the city of Tempe said in a statement. 

"When the West 6th contractors have completed the repairs, a third-party electrical engineer will certify the electrical repairs in conjunction with Tempe's Building Safety Division inspections and approvals," according to the statement.

After that, the city will allow the electrical system to be re-energized and residents to return.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • LocalMore>>

  • MCSD high school graduations

    MCSD high school graduations

    Saturday, May 27 2017 7:31 PM EDT2017-05-27 23:31:37 GMT
    (Source: Aaron Lee/WTVM)(Source: Aaron Lee/WTVM)

    Between May 25 and 27 hundreds of students walked across the stage for graduation in the Chattahoochee Valley.  News Leader 9 partnered with the Muscogee County School District and Columbus State University to live stream all Muscogee County School District high school graduations. 

    More >>

    Between May 25 and 27 hundreds of students walked across the stage for graduation in the Chattahoochee Valley.  News Leader 9 partnered with the Muscogee County School District and Columbus State University to live stream all Muscogee County School District high school graduations. 

    More >>
  • Exclusive: Shaw High School honors victim of 2016 Upatoi triple murder

    Exclusive: Shaw High School honors victim of 2016 Upatoi triple murder

    Saturday, May 27 2017 5:41 PM EDT2017-05-27 21:41:33 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    As hundreds of students walk across the stage today to receive their diplomas, its a bittersweet reminder for the graduating class of Shaw High School. As one of their senior classmates was never able to walk in his own graduation. 

    More >>

    As hundreds of students walk across the stage today to receive their diplomas, its a bittersweet reminder for the graduating class of Shaw High School. As one of their senior classmates was never able to walk in his own graduation. 

    More >>
  • Auburn University student presented Congressional Award

    Auburn University student presented Congressional Award

    Friday, May 26 2017 8:36 PM EDT2017-05-27 00:36:18 GMT
    (Source: Madi Haney)(Source: Madi Haney)

    An Auburn University student from Alabama is being rewarded on the national level for her commitment to serving others. 

    More >>

    An Auburn University student from Alabama is being rewarded on the national level for her commitment to serving others. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly