Frozen, Broken Water Pipe Blasts Personal Training Studio Items Onto Evergreen Ave, Arlington Heights

Broken Water Pipe Blasts Personal Training Studio; Floods Evergreen Avenue near Sigwalt Street in Arlington Heights (VIDEO: CapturedNews).

You might go to a personal training studio to blast your abs or blast your quads, but today it was a personal training studio in Arlington Heights that got blasted by water from a frozen and broken water pipe. Police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 6:55 a.m. Thursday January 31, 2019 to a report from someone near 77 South Evergreen Avenue that water was flooding Evergreen Avenue just north Sigwalt Street in front of Arlington Towne Square Condos. The caller reported water was rushing out of Driven Personal Training and Fitness Education of Arlington Heights — an award-winning personal training studio at 10 South Evergreen Avenue.

Police and firefighter/paramedics arrived to find Evergreen Avenue flooded with water while water was rushing out of the personal training studio. Firefighters shattered the glass front door, and then firefighters and public works personnel entered the building to find a way to shut off the water. Foam rollers, exercise bands, racks, athletic shoes and other items from the studio were carried away in the stream of water. A few items were sucked down a sewer drain on the east side of Evergreen Avenue.

The water was freezing fast, but also the water vapor in the air froze and formed a fog coming off the water.

Initially there was no assessment of damage to the business available, and no information available regarding how long the personal training studio would be closed. Owner Marty Rinehart arrived on the scene immediately, and told firefighters he took precautions, and had the water trickling in a faucet in the business to prevent freezing of pipes. Firefighters replied it was an unrelated pipe — possibly a water pipe for the sprinkler pipe.

The air temperature was about -20°F at the time of the emergency. A low of -21°F was recorded early this morning– shattering the previous record low temperature of -12°F that occurred on January 31, 1985.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 will be known as the end of a 2 1/2-day artic blast that brought record cold to Arlington Heights and Chicagoland.

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