Water Line Break Soaks Law Office

A fire service line burst Friday morning on the top floor of the J.D. Miller & Associates building, 44 16th St., causing hundreds of gallons of water to fill the building’s basement and soak the first floor.

Wheeling Fire Chief Larry Helms said most of the water flowed down the stairwell, leaving much of the six-story building unscathed. A couple inches of water gathered on the first floor where the offices are located, while about a foot of water went to the basement. The water was discovered when employees came to work Friday morning. The call for service came in at 8:14 a.m.

Helms said the office could reopen without a sprinkler system as long as Miller has a person monitoring for any potential fires.

“They can have a maintenance person walk the building to monitor it,” Helms said.

Miller, who could be seen surveying the mess while talking on his cell phone, said he had no comment about the line break.

Much like the many other breaks occurring in the region, Helms blamed the recent freezing and thawing of pipes on the line break. In a separate incident, another fire service line broke Thursday morning at Marquee Cinemas at The Highlands, leaving one screening room with about 2 inches of water.

The theater was closed at the time.