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Pipe bursts, spills thousands of gallons of water into Duluth’s Greysolon building

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DULUTH, MN -- A burst pipe has spilled thousands of gallons of water into downtown Duluth's Greysolon Plaza Tuesday evening.

Authorities responded to the building on the 200 block of East Superior Street.

A sprinkler pipe broke in the skywalk connecting the 3rd Avenue West parking ramp to the plaza which caused water to rush inside.

"Crews that were in there just said that they had quite a bit of water that was in there," Duluth Fire Department Assistant Chief Brent Consie said. "At one point I asked them, and they said thousands of gallons."

City spokespeople said most of the water damage is inside the Greysolon's first floor, including the Moorish Room, the basement, and elevator shaft.

They do not know how much it will cost to fix the damage, but it could have been worse.

"No one is displaced," Consie said. "No one is injured, so we're pretty much back to normal."

The Duluth Fire Department used a sump pump to drain water out of the building.

Consie said it is something they always prepare for, as burst pipes do not just happen in the extreme cold.

"Sometimes you get it during the cold snap, other times you get it as we're coming out of the cold snap," he said. "We're used to it, and we're pretty prepared for it."

Authorities said no residents of upstairs apartments were evacuated or displaced.

They said NorShor Theatre was not damaged.

No word on exactly how much damage was caused.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Briggs LeSavage

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