Sprinkler head activates, causing water damage for bank

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Suffolk News-Herald

A fire suppression system activated early Tuesday at Towne Bank in north Suffolk and caused significant water damage.

No sign of fire was found at the site in the 6000 block of Harbour View Boulevard, according to Suffolk Fire Department spokesman Capt. Jim Judkins.


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Damage estimates were incomplete for the bank.

Firefighters responded to a report of an automatic fire alarm around 12:46 a.m. at the bank’s member services office complex, according to Battalion Chief Charles R. Jolly. Crews found the water flow indicator sounding, and water flowing.

Firefighters began a systematic search of the building and encountered water pooling on the second floor hallway and offices. Further investigation on the third floor revealed more water and an activated sprinkler head, said Judkins.

Firefighters remained on scene for about an hour shutting off the system and protecting office equipment from further damage. The cause of the sprinkler head activation is unknown.