Sprinklers drench UF building

Published: Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 12:20 a.m.
Bartram Hall, a University of Florida building near the corner of Museum Road and Newell Drive, suffered severe water damage Friday night when the sprinkler system flooded part of the building as a result of a small fire, said District Chief Kim Berryman-Dages with Gainesville Fire Rescue.
Shortly after 8 p.m., firefighters responded to Bartram Hall, which is located south of Museum Road just behind the old Florida Museum of Natural History building, because of an apparent fire. Berryman-Dages said the fire, which started in a mechanical room on the sixth floor, had already been extinguished by the time GFR arrived at the scene, but the sprinkler system had completely flooded parts of the building, which houses science laboratories and registrar offices.
Firefighters pushed the water out of the waterlogged floors and into the stairwells using brooms while they waited for UF officials to take over the scene, she said.
He said the 5th floor sustained the most damage, with about 18 inches of standing water at one point. But even the first floor had about an inch of water due to the sprinklers.
One GFR lieutenant estimated the damage at $25,000, but Berryman-Dages said, "I think that would be a modest estimate."

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