Water main breaks inside Westbrook public safety building

Posted Sept. 21, 2011, at 5:34 p.m.

WESTBROOK, Maine — A water main broke inside Westbrook’s public safety building Wednesday morning, damaging records but narrowly missing expensive computer equipment.

One of the captains of the town’s Fire Department was in his office of the 7-year-old building at 7:20 a.m. when a loud bang and the sound of gushing water was heard, according to a Portland Press Herald report.

The firefighter subsequently went to the basement and discovered a water main, between 6 and 8 inches in diameter, had ruptured.

The building’s basement houses the department’s information technology, fitness center, locker rooms and records, Westbrook Public Safety Chief Mike Pardue told the Press Herald.

No public safety officials were in the basement at the time. The water main was shut off and repairs are under way.

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