Stamford YMCA Closes, Sustains Damage After Pipe Bursts

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A pipe burst Tuesday, causing damage at the Stamford Family YMCA. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A pipe burst at the Stamford Family YMCA on Tuesday, forcing everyone to evacuate the facility and closing it down for the day. But officials hope to reopen the building by 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.  

"We had an issue with our facility that caused a pipe to burst in the second floor aerobics studio. No one was injured or hurt, but the building had to be evacuated and the fire department along with the Health Department were dispatched," Ernest Lamour, chief executive officer of the Stamford Family YMCA, said in a statement on the Facebook page.

"Because of the severity of this situation, the health department asked the facility be shut down ASAP for the safety of all our members."

The burst pipe caused damage not only to the aerobics studio, but also to the following areas:

  • Free Weight Room
  • Learning Center
  • Lobby Area Behind Front Desk
  • Boys and Girls Locker Rooms
  • Aquatics Area
  • Hotel

The following steps were taken to be able to reopen the facilities, according to the statement: 

  • Insurance company was notified and brokers took pictures. An adjuster is scheduled to visit Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
  • Servepro was called out to begin cleaning. The workers are drying out and ripping out all ceiling/floor tiles and damaged walls.
  • Camsan Electricians were contacted and scheduled to arrive at 7 a.m., Thursday.
  • Astacio HVAC came out to investigate damage to a unit it installed in late May that caused this incident. The unit will be replaced and is under warranty.

The Health Department is schedule to hold an inspection of the YMCA's facilities at 8 a.m., Thursday in advance of the planned 10 a.m. reopening. 

The aerobics studio will be under construction until Friday, Jan. 10. All evening fitness classes will be canceled until Monday, Jan. 13.

"While this was not the way I wanted our 2013 to end, I realize there are some things in life you just can't control and that accidents will happen," Lamour said. "We've done all that we can over the last couple of hours to control the damages from getting any worst."

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