Cape firefighters battle apartment flood

CREATED Apr 6, 2014

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral firefighters spent more than two hours helping salvage property and cleaning up in the aftermath of a broken water pipe that flood several apartments Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters got the call just before 12:30 p.m. about a major water leak in the 4200 block of SE 20th Place.  Firefighters found water pouring from the ceiling of a 4th floor apartment. Firefighters spent the next two hours using salvage covers, squeegees and tools to help remove the water from the 4th floor.

Unfortunately, the water flow could not be stopped before the water began leaking down through the 3rd and 2nd floors. A number of apartments were damaged by the water leak but much of the personal belongings were saved by firefighters who moved furniture out of the wet areas and worked to remove the water from inside the building.

No damage estimate was immediately available but at least three apartments received damage. Additional apartments were also affected due to having to shut off the electricity to the area. A damage restoration company arrived around 2:30 pm to take over the efforts of the firefighters. The Red Cross was called but not needed as residents directly impacted by the water damage had other locations to go and stay.