Madison, WI 53703
Two downtown businesses suffered damage related to frozen pipes in the residential units upstairs.
Engine Company 1 was dispatched to the 300 block of State Street for a fire/water-flow alarm investigation. Upon arrival, firefighters immediately noticed “significant amounts” of water coming through a ceiling light in the entryway on the first floor. Two businesses—Pizza di Roma and a neighboring vacant storefront—were closed for the New Year’s holiday.
Firefighters were able to gain access into the residential portion of the building and they checked in with residents inside. None reported any water issues at the moment. The crew proceeded to the basement to turn off the water service, and that’s where they found more water built up in the basement.
After some searching, the crew pinpointed the water problem to two apartments just above Pizza di Roma. They entered that apartments and found them to be very cold inside. In fact, both had the thermostats turned off, and current temperature readings were clocking in at 40 degrees.
As property managers arranged to protect their sprinkler system and indoor plumbing, firefighters shoveled ice off the sidewalk where the water had drained. The City of Madison Streets Division was asked to provide additional salt.
NOTE: This incident report originally stated that Monday's bar was located next door to Pizza di Roma; however, Monday's is located on the 500 block of State Street. It was not impacted by this incident.
Cynthia Schuster (Public Information Officer)