Sprinkler system floods part of HandsOn! Museum

Sprinkler system floods part of HandsOn! Museum

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -
A ruptured sprinkler damaged part of the Hands On! Regional Museum in downtown Johnson City Tuesday night.

Around 10:30 p.m., Johnson City Fire Crews were called to the downtown children's museum after a report of water spraying against the front display window of the former J.C. Penny building which adjoins the exhibit areas of the museum.

Crews struggled to find the cut-off valves but finally turned off the gushing water around 11:15 p.m..

News Channel 11's Mike Lamia learned from fire crews on scene that the building's basement held approximately 6 feet of water because of the broken sprinkler system.  

A representative from Hands On! Museum told News Channel 11 that no exhibits were damaged.

Fire crews said the likely cause of the broken pipes was the extreme cold temperatures.

Look for updates later on News Channel 11 and here on WJHL.com .

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