UPDATE: According to the Barnstable Public Schools website, Barnstable High School is CLOSED MONDAY 3/6/17 – Due to a boiler failure over the weekend. ALL other Barnstable Public Schools are open.
HYANNIS – About 22 classrooms at Barnstable High School sustained significant water damage when a boiler failed and water fed heating pipes burst sometime during last evening’s extremely cold temperatures.
The damage happened on the first and second floors of what was described to HN as the ‘old math wing’ (or “1600 block”)
When the boiler broke down, heating units along exterior facing walls could not withstand the extreme cold. Pipes froze and cracked, and that’s when the water came pouring out.
According to Lieutenant Robert Hennessy of the Hyannis Fire Department, a total of 22 heating units and one roof unit were damaged and leaking water.
Ceiling tiles, computers, books, and furnishings were destroyed or heavily damaged.
Barnstable High School building maintenance personnel were reportedly the first to shut down the water and begin cleanup efforts.
Hyannis Firefighters arrived and assisted when there was an issue with steam setting off one of the smoke detectors. The amount of water was overwhelming, and firefighters stuck around to help with the initial phase of the cleanup, using water vacs, fire hoses, and large squeegees.
They had to work fast in order to minimize the volume of water seeping between floors…
A professional disaster cleanup crew was en route to take over were firefighters and maintenance staff left off.
From the Barnstable Public Schools website: Barnstable High School is CLOSED MONDAY 3/6/17 – Due to a boiler failure over the weekend. ALL other Barnstable Public Schools are open.
The following video highlights the scene…
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