Fitton Center for Creative Arts flooded on Christmas Eve

Hamilton Fire Department personnel work through flooded foyer at the Fitton Center for Creative...
Hamilton Fire Department personnel work through flooded foyer at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts overnight Christmas Eve.(Fitton Center for Creative Arts)
Published: Dec. 25, 2022 at 11:21 AM EST
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HAMILTON, Ohio (WXIX) - A sprinkler system burst inside the Fitton Center for Creative Arts building late Christmas Eve, leaving several inches of standing water on the first floor.

Fitton Center staff said the Hamilton Fire Department shut off the water to the fire suppression system at 101 S. Monument Street after some pipes ruptured around 10 p.m.

Three days and nights of sub-freezing temperatures likely caused the pipes to burst, Fitton Center officials say.

“We’re just grateful nobody was here when it happened and nobody was hurt,” said Ian MacKenzie-Thurley, executive director. “Anything damaged in the flooding can be replaced, but people can’t be.”

According to Mackenzie-Thurley, Dec. 24 was supposed to be the first day of a week-long holiday break for Fitton Center staff who worked from home on Dec. 23 during the blizzard that blasted through the Tri-State.

Mackenzie-Thurley said that staff arrived at the center within 15 minutes to assist with cleanup and worked through the night.

The complete extent of the damage caused by the flood appears to be limited to the first-floor entry foyer area and office space, Fitton Center staff said.

“As it stands, this shouldn’t affect our patrons, our guests, or our students too much, if at all,” Mackenzie-Thurley said. “Unfortunately, though, our team will have to put in some unexpected time over the break to make sure we’re tip-top for New Year’s Eve and our return to regular business hours Jan. 2.”

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