Courts flooded by leak

A fire appliance attends Hartlepool Civic Centre and court complex (at the entrance to the Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust office) on Saturday following reports of a flood in the building which is thought (according to the firefighter in the fire engine) to have been caused by a burst pipe.

A fire appliance attends Hartlepool Civic Centre and court complex (at the entrance to the Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust office) on Saturday following reports of a flood in the building which is thought (according to the firefighter in the fire engine) to have been caused by a burst pipe.

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ALL three floors of a court building were flooded following a water leak.

A crew from Stranton Fire Station rushed to Hartlepool Law Courts, in Victoria Road, where a broken pipe saw three inches of water drench various areas around offices and stairwells.

Firefighters located the source of the leak, a broken pipe in a toilet, and stopped the leak before mopping up the pools of water.

Watch manager Marty Challenor said: “There was quite a substantial amount of water from a broken pipe in the toilet.

“It affected the first, ground and basement floors, with about three inches of water around stairwells and offices.

“We found the source and managed to stop the leak, before undertaking salvage work by mopping up, clearing water and removing equipment.”

Firefighters spent 40 minutes at the scene, before a Hartlepool Borough Council clean-up team was expected to attend.