Water causes ‘pretty severe’ damage at Wild Horse Gallery in downtown Steamboat Springs
This story was updated at 8:49 p.m.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Flooding caused damage to a large amount of artwork inside the Wild Horse Gallery at 802 Lincoln Ave. on Saturday night.
Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue firefighters and Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to the incident around 7 p.m.
Cpt. Scott Hetrick of Steamboat Fire Rescue said a broken pipe from a room in the Masonic Lodge above the gallery caused the water leak.
“There’s pretty severe damage in a lot of the artwork that’s in the back,” Hetrick said.
A passerby noticed a large amount of water spilling from the gallery onto the street and contacted emergency responders.
Firefighters had to forcibly enter both the gallery and the lodge, using axes to break open the doors.
Hetrick said that a window on the second floor of the Masonic Lodge had been left open. That caused a pipe in the lodge to freeze and split. This evening, the ice inside the pipe thawed and leaked into a back room of the gallery used to store art.
Firefighters were busy trying to move art work out of the water to avoid further damage.
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