F'Muth Shop Floods After Fire Sprinklers Freeze 12-23-2010 - WNEM TV 5

F'Muth Shop Floods After Fire Sprinklers Freeze 12-23-2010

Just days before Christmas, a local business was nearly destroyed by water.
The sprinklers froze and the ceiling caved in, sending water gushing everywhere.
Right in the middle of the holiday season, right in the middle of ringing up a customer, water started pouring in.
“It’s devastating when it's the last two days before Christmas and it's their prime time for selling,” said deputy fire chief Michael Reinert.
The owners of Pewter Kingdom in Frankenmuth were too upset to talk with TV5 on camera.
The Deputy Fire Chief understands why. Reinert said a sprinkler system froze, sending water and insulation into the store and creating a hole in the ceiling.
“Once the attic had enough water in there, it probably had 6 to 8 inches of water up there, it collapsed,” explained Reinert. Fire crews arrived at the scene to water rushing out of the building.
“[They] probably had 2 to 3 inches of water of water in it at one time until it finally drained out a little bit,” said Reinert. “But it's just a mess, it ruined all their Christmas stuff and everything, it was just destroyed."
The owners told TV5’s Liz Gelardi they're not sure when the store will open again but they'd like to be open before Snow Fest in January.
“I can see their disappointment, that's for sure,” said Reinert. “I can imagine, sales are going to be hurting.”
Right now it's too early to know what it'll cost to get everything back in order.
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