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Leak damages FSU Center

March 22, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

A leaky roof caused damages to the Frostburg State University Center, 20 Public Square, Sunday afternoon.

The problem will not affect classes since students at the school will be on spring break until March 29, according to Pat Keyser, an office manager with FSU.

Washington Street from Summit Avenue to Public Square was blocked off to traffic for over an hour after the Hagerstown Fire Department was called out for a report of an activated sprinkler system.

Heavy rain had fallen throughout the day.

Fire Capt. Randy Myers said when they arrived they found water flowing through the ceiling of the building's one-story teleconference center on Washington Street.

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He said the basement also received minor damages.

"We shut down the sprinkler system. But the water didn't slow down," he said. The water flowed into the building through the duct work, he said.

Myers said the ceiling to that portion of the building was difficult to access because there were drop and tin ceilings under the original portion.

Myers said the water shorted out the building's smoke and heat detectors. He wasn't sure why it activated the sprinkler system.

The firefighters left tarps at the scene and a submersible pump which workers can use to dump the water into a storm drain, he said.

Frostburg University has rented the building from Hagerstown contractor Dominick Perini for the past 10 years.

Perini said the building's roof is fairly new and has never leaked before. The leak may have been due to rooftop drains being clogged by bricks and scaffolding equipment, he said.

He was unsure how much it might cost to fix or replace the roof, he said.

Perini said if the roof needs to be replaced he will have it done by Friday.

Built in the 1800s, the structure was a former department store that had fallen into a state of disrepair, he said.

He purchased the building in 1993 and completed its restoration in 1994, he said.

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