FARMINGTON — An unused hot water pipe burst in the ceiling of the regional dispatch center within the sheriff’s department Wednesday, though no emergency calls were disrupted by the flooding.

The regional communications center dispatches for county emergency services, which includes taking 911 calls.

The cold was probably the reason the pipe burst around 11 a.m., said Franklin County Sheriff Scott Nichols. He said the pipe contained stagnant water but was no longer used. It was previously connected to the department’s former hot water heater.

The Farmington Fire Department assisted in cleaning up the flooded room littered with the fallen insulation and damp ceiling tiles, he said.

Nichols said “by some miracle” none of the dispatch equipment was damaged and services were never interrupted during the incident.

The communications center is expected to move out of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and into its own building on the property this spring.

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