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Valve work sets off fire alarms at Bartlett, Empire

No damage nor injuries at either location, work will continue for 4 to 6 weeks

Posted: May 6, 2011 - 2:49pm

Routine maintenance on the City and Borough of Juneau’s water valves became not so straightforward today, as the work triggered fire alarms at Bartlett Regional Hospital and the Juneau Empire today.

City workers accidentally closed some of the valves which were being “exercised,” said Dave Crabtree, the water utility superintendent for the city. That restricted water flow to the affected sprinkler systems and set off the alarms.

Hospital spokesman Jim Strader said the alarm at Bartlett was limited to the administration building. The Juneau Empire building was evacuated for about 10 to 15 minutes before Capital City Fire and Rescue responded and deactivated the alarm. Neither location reported any injuries or damage.

The valve work is the first stage in a project to maintain Juneau’s water supply. Crabtree said the work would take four to six weeks to complete, and would be followed by a flushing of the water lines.

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