Residents of several Dilworth condominiums were left looking for shelter Thursday morning after a pipe burst in their building.
No injuries were reported, but Charlotte fire officials said 17 residential units suffered at least some damage. But ground-level businesses in the building, including the 131 Main restaurant, will be open today and operating normally.
The flooding was at the 1315 East Condominium building, on East Boulevard near Kenilworth Avenue.
Charlotte fire Capt. Rob Brisley said a pipe in the common area on the fifth floor burst during the night. Firefighters went door to door, awakening residents and asking many to leave the building.
Water flooded the building, then poured onto the sidewalk and eventually onto East Boulevard. Temperatures were a few degrees above freezing, so there were no reports of ice forming.
We had the flooding and water problem under control in 30 minutes, Brisley said. But there was significant water damage in some areas.
He said the buildings fire alarm and safety systems are operating, so retail businesses on the ground level and condominium units not affected by the flooding can remain open.
It is not the first time the building has been in the news. Fire early last April damaged 131 Main, and on two separate occasions, cars crashed into the restaurant while repairs were being made. The restaurant reopened last month.
The Observers Davie Hinshaw contributed.
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