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Charges filed in Richmond apartment building leak

Thursday - 1/24/2013, 12:27pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - A resident of a Richmond apartment building faces charges of causing a water leak that prompted an evacuation and led to the structure's condemnation.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/WWIhog) reports that 56-year-old Gloria M. Snead is charged with destruction of property and violating the statewide fire prevention code.

Firefighters estimated water poured through the 11-story Grace Place apartment building at an estimated 30 to 40 gallons a minute after the leak occurred Jan. 15.

Richmond fire Lt. Robbie Hagaman says the leak was traced to a sprinkler head in a closet in Snead's apartment. They also found another sprinkler head that was broken and several others that were damaged in the apartment.

The leak displaced 26 residents.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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