Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, Rushville firefighters noticed water seeping through a co-joining wall that linked the back garage of the RFD and a building that is home to the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter. According to Rushville Chief of Police and F.O.P. member Craig Tucker, after going to investigate, firefighters found water flowing out from under the door of the F.O.P.
A broken water line was found to have caused extensive damage. The F.O.P. building that is attached to the northeast portion of the Rushville Fire Department and is located in the 200 block of East Second Street.
According to county EMA director Chuck Kemker, multiple breaks were found to have occurred in a water line and the extensive damage had gone unnoticed for some time.
A little more than two years ago, a major renovation was completed in to the facility that also serves as the meeting and training location for local CERT members as well as the distribution center for the annual F.O.P. “Coats for Kids” event.
According to Kemker, water damage was realized to the carpet, a recently purchased television, ceiling tiles and the kitchen area.
“The worst part of all of this damage is the ceiling tiles. That was probably the most costly of the renovation project completed just two years ago,” Tucker said.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.