Statehouse Sprinklers Soaks 2 Elevators | $100k In Damage

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Authorities in Topeka say a sprinkler malfunction at the Statehouse caused an estimated $100,000 in damage.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports firefighters were called to the Statehouse at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Fire Department Battalion Chief Ron Hufford says damage to the sprinkler system caused heavy leaking from pipes near a ground-floor entryway on the building's north side.

Elevators that carry dozens of workers daily between the Kansas Statehouse and its underground parking garage have been knocked out of service by the sprinkler leak.

Statehouse Architect Barry Greis said Thursday that water damaged the electronic systems for the two elevators. He isn't certain when they'll be working again.

The leak complicated efforts to finish a 13-year, nearly $330 million renovation of the Statehouse. Workers are trying to complete a new basement visitor's center by next week.

The leaking sprinkler was near a security station at the front of the center and left a quarter inch of water. Firefighters spent a couple of hours removing the water. The cause of the malfunction was under investigation.

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