12 Story Building Evacuated After Water Pipe Burst: Winston-Salem Fire

A water mane break on the 12th floor shut down the Liberty Plaza building.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC  A 12 story building in downtown Winston-Salem has been evacuated after a water pipe burst, according to the Winston-Salem Fire Department's twitter account. 

Winston-Salem Police said a water flood alarm went off at 102 West Third St. around 11:15 in the afternoon. According to police, a worker at the building saw flooding on the 12th floor. 

After an investigation, building owners found the water shafts on the ceiling on the 12th floor were leaking, causing water to drip down the elevator shafts and to the first floor. 

Fire crews had to escort employees with their personal belongings out of the building because of the hazard between water and electricity from the elevator shafts.

Police have reopened the Liberty Street in the area after closing it earlier due to the water main break. The building remains closed, but emergency officials say they are clear from the scene. 

Property manager, William Daniels, told a WFMY News 2 reporter he believes the building will re-open on Friday. 

Copyright 2017 WFMY


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