Cold weather that descended from a “polar vortex” burst lines in fire suppression systems around town, including that of Bartow County Fire Department Station 1.
BCFD Battalion Chief Bryan Keeling said a heater inside the equipment bay went out, causing the lines of the sprinkler system to freeze and snap. While the majority of damage was contained to the suppression system, the department was left with the cleanup.
The agency was not the only structure to suffer from sprinkler lines bursting.
Keeling said pipes in the systems of Lowe’s, Hibachi Buffet and Somerset Club Apartments also were impacted by the cold.
“A lot of them are in the attics and exposed to the weather,” he said. “The water lines are in the ground and not as exposed to the elements.”
Cartersville Fire Department reported residential water lines freezing in the record-setting cold.
Like its county counterpart, CFD reported sprinkler lines snapping at a daycare facility on Henderson Drive.
City Cellar & Loft suffered significant damage after the fire suppression system burst from the cold, according to the department.