Last updated: January 09. 2014 5:45PM - 473 Views
By Natalie Netzel



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NEWBERRY — A portion of the independent dining room ceiling at Springfield Place was damaged just after 2 p.m. Wednesday when pipes that feed the sprinkler system began thawing after freezing.


No injuries were reported. Clean up had already started on Thursday. No one was in the area when the collapse occurred.


Also, a small portion of the ceiling fell in one resident’s room and pipes in two cottages burst.


The residents were held in the atrium area of the facility and watched a movie until the City of Newberry Fire Department and Springfield Place staff could check the entire building and sprinkler system to insure the building was safe, said Springfield Administrator Ty Ransdell.


“We also want to emphasize that all activities and admissions at the facility are continuing as normal,” Ransdell said. “The damages are similar to ones being experienced by many other homeowners and businesses in the area due to the record breaking cold weather that we normally do not experience in Newberry County.”


The clean up began immediately and is continuing.


“We cannot thank the City of Newberry Fire Department enough for their help,” said Kathy Montgomery, executive director of J.F. Hawkins/Springfield Place. “Along with all J.F. Hawkins/Springfield Place department heads, they stayed for most of the afternoon helping with the clean up in the independent living dining room.”


The amount of damage has not been determined.


J.F Hawkins/Springfield Place is a continuum care facility that serves over 190 independent, assisted living and skilled care residents.

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