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February 20. 2013 3:54AM
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DALLAS TWP. – A water pipe burst Sunday afternoon in the Back Mountain Care Center, flooding a wing and displacing 59 people, emergency response officials said.

There were no injuries and the residents of the personal care home on state Route 309 were transported by school buses to a temporary shelter at the nearby Dallas Middle School.

We may have some people staying there for the night, said Harry Vivian, Back Mountain Regional Fire chief.

The American Red Cross assisted at the school and brought cots and blankets for the residents.

The evacuation was orderly, Vivian said.

Most of the residents were able to walk to the buses. People in wheelchairs were transported by special vans. The first bus left for the middle school around 4:45 p.m.

Everything went well, Vivian said.

Back Mountain Regional Fire/EMS were dispatched to the center at 2:55 p.m.

Chris Good, regional EMS chief, said when crews arrived they found water flowing from the building. A water pipe between 11/2 to 2 inches in diameter on the second floor burst, soaking the floor and carpeting. There was approximately 2 inches of standing water on the second floor, Good said.

The water also caused part of the ceiling on the first floor to collapse, Vivian said.

Through on open door on the first floor water could be seen dripping from the ceiling.

The water and electricity were shut off to the section of the center where the pipe burst.

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