Water pipe burst shuts down Courthouse East

The burst appeared to have happened over the weekend, officials said

April 01, 2013|By Alison Matas, The Baltimore Sun

Courthouse East closed Monday following a water pipe burst.

A half-inch pipe burst on the fourth floor of the building, and water trickled down to the lower floors, said Captain Roman Clark, a spokesman with the Baltimore City Fire Department.

The break appeared to have occurred over the weekend, according to the Baltimore City Sheriff's Office.

No one was injured in the burst, and it looked like damage was limited to carpeting, according to the sheriff's office.

Connor Scott, a spokesman with the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, said everyone had been evacuated from the building as a precaution and that the water to the courthouse was turned off. He said the fire department was waiting on an electrician to determine which parts of the building were safe for electricity.

Some proceedings will be transferred to the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse, according to court officials.

amatas@baltsun.com

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