Ruptured pipeline floods Salvation Army

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(Courtesy of The Salvation Army)

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — A ruptured pipeline flooded several rooms at the Salvation Army’s Oceanside headquarters Thursday before city crews were able to halt the overflow.

The broken six-inch-diameter conduit began inundating the front of the complex in the 3900 block of Lake Boulevard about 10 a.m., said Dave Preston, a pastor and administrator for the international Christian charity and church. Municipal utility personnel got the problem under control within 40 minutes, he said.

The pipe failure left three rooms — a library, a prayer space and a storage area for the agency’s senior nutrition program — with flooding damage, according to Preston. No injuries were reported.

Repairs to the water line, which supplies the complex’s fire sprinklers, and a front walkway were expected to cost about $30,000, Preston said.

Due to the temporary loss of the flame-suppression equipment, the Oceanside Fire Department directed the Salvation Army to conduct and document a fire watch at the site every hour until the system is fixed.

The mishap forced the agency to cancel a fall festival scheduled for Friday at the location.