Waco: RC Helicopter Sets Off Sprinklers In BU Residential Building; Students Displaced

A student’s remote-control helicopter set off the sprinkler system Monday afternoon in a Baylor residential facility, creating a soggy mess and displacing two-dozen students on the first day of the semester.

Heritage House (Photo by Ben Griffin)

WACO (January 15, 2013)—A student’s remote-control helicopter triggered the fire sprinkler system Monday afternoon in the Heritage House residential facility in Baylor University’s North Village, creating a soggy mess on the first day of the spring semester.

The water damaged five suites in the building, temporarily displacing 26 students.

A full cleanup is expected to take about a week, the university said Tuesday.

Officials were assessing damage to the students’ property Tuesday.

Waco firefighters were sent to the building at around 4:35 p.m. Monday in response to a water-flow alarm and discovered the sprinklers had activated on the second floor of the building and that water was flowing down to the first floor.

“We are assessing the damage right now, cleanup is underway, and if students have been displaced by the flooding, we are finding them temporary housing,” university spokeswoman Lori Fogelman said.

The building is home to 254 residents and houses students participating in the school’s Engineering and Computer Science Living-Learning Center.

It was built on the site occupied from 1924 to 2003 by the Second Baptist Missionary Church.

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