Water line breaks, floods part of Knowlton Library

Facility closed as cleanup and damage assessment continue


Logan County District Library’s Knowlton Library, 220 N. Main St., was damaged overnight when a supply line to a fire suppression system, below, photo, broke and began spewing water in the computer lab and local history room. Staff cleared the rooms and shelves of damaged equipment and of wet books and documents, some of which were opened up to promote drying. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | JOEL E. MAST)


Judy Goodrich was catching up on work at the Logan County District Library late Tuesday.

She didn’t want to be there, but a backlog of work had piled up while she was on vacation over the holiday season.

“I kept saying I was going to go home, but I’d end up staying,” she said.

It’s a good thing she did.

Around 10:35 p.m., a supply line for the Knowlton Library’s fire suppression system at 220 N. Main St. broke spewing water into the computer lab and local history room.

“It would’ve been a lot worse if no one was there,” Mrs. Goodrich said. “The Bellefontaine Fire Department responded really quick and shut down the water. Then we called in a company to soak up most of the water.”

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