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Burst Pipes Force Room Closures At Ronald McDonald House

Burst Pipes Force Room Closures At Ronald McDonald House

CREATED Jan 7, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A broken pipe for the sprinkler system at the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville forced the closure of several rooms Tuesday afternoon.

The director said half of the building was flooded as a result of the pipe burst.

"We had three stories of water, from our top floor, to our basement," according to director Liz Piercy.

Seventeen out of 32 rooms were damaged.

"Unfortunately we've had to close half of our house in order to have families be safe, and have a place to stay," said Piercy.

All of the affected families were able to find new housing, while their critically ill children are treated at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

Several inches of water collected in the basement of the building and crews were called to removed it with vacuums.

Ceilings, rugs and furniture suffered water damage throughout the affected area of the building.

"Insurance pays for some things, but not for everything," according to Piercy.

The charity is accepting donations on its web site. The Ronald McDonald House is located at 2144 Fairfax Avenue in Nashville. The organizational charity provides a "home-away-from-home" for families of children who have been hospitalized.