Broken pipe leads to flooded mess at KCK Fire Station 4, brief response time delays

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It’s awfully quiet and empty at Fire Station Number 4. That’s because water and sewage flooded the building over the weekend.

“All the rain water we had over the weekend was going through this clean out pipe. It was pushing all the water back into the building,” said Craig Duke, assistant chief of the Kansas City, Kan. Fire Department.

The culprit was a broken pipe. Duke said it was damaged when another bathroom was built, but no one knew about it.

“The drain clean out for that bathroom was on the outside of the building. It looked like it was damaged,” he said.

The firefighters were moved to another station down the street. This will cause a two-minute delay in response time.

“But in the big picture, we’ve still got great response times,” said Duke. Normal response time is around 4.5 minutes.

The building has been cleaned and sanitized, but the damages will be costly.

“Anything that came in contact with this water, we’re going to tear out and replace,” he said.

Though Duke has been working closely with the Unified Government to get the building back up and running, he is unsure when it will be ready.

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