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BELLINGHAM, WA — A frozen radiator pipe that broke last week at Western Washington University caused $650,000 in damage, according to The Seattle Times.
The broken pipe that flooded 16 dorm rooms was discovered by a custodian during routine maintenance, the story stated.
John Purdie, associate director of residence life, told The Times: "When the pipe burst on the top floor in the Ridgeway Gamma complex — towers that house about 225 students — water flowed down all four floors."
British Columbia-based Belfour Restoration Services has been contracted to repair the damage to the walls, ceilings and floors; the project is slated to be finished by the end of January, the story noted.
The university does not plan on paying for any ruined property from students living in the flooded rooms as they are encouraged to obtain renters insurance upon moving in, the story added.
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