‘Everything floating’ in Brunswick restaurant flooded by pipe burst

Posted Jan. 28, 2013, at 4:36 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Brunswick Fire Department responded to Pedro O’Hara’s restaurant along Maine Street on Sunday morning after a sprinkler pipe burst and flooded the restaurant.

Brunswick Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Emerson said the fire department got the call at 8:49 a.m. He said a component of the sprinkler service where it enters the building broke, creating “a substantial water flow into the structure” that was contained to the lower level of the building.

Upon arrival, Brunswick Fire Capt. Bob Robitaille saw 3 to 4 feet of standing water in the restaurant and called for electric, gas and water utilities to shut everything down.

“Everything was floating,” Emerson said.

Given the depth of water, the fire department drafted it out of the building with a fire truck, depositing it into a stormwater drain. Fire crews also dealt with freezing temperatures that quickly froze any spilled water. Crews cleared the scene at 11:04 a.m., Emerson said.

Emerson said this morning the sprinkler system is already repaired. Richard’s Restaurant, located on the main level of the building at 115 Maine St., was able to open today.

The tenants on the second floor were not interrupted.

Pedro O’Hara’s, he said, will probably take quite a bit of time before they can reopen due to the extensive damage, which will likely involve some reconstruction.

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