Barely six months after lightning struck College Hills Church of Christ and sparked a fire in the building’s roof, the church again sustained significant damage Tuesday – this time from burst pipes.
“The pipes froze sometime Monday,” said John Grant, an administrator at College Hills Church of Christ. “When the Tuesday afternoon sun warmed the roof, the pipes thawed and then the water started spraying.”
He said church officials discovered the damage Tuesday at about 3 p.m.
“Water was gushing through the ceiling over the 4th-6th grade classrooms,” said Grant. “There was about an inch of water standing in four large classrooms, and it seeped into a nearby hallway.”
He said the flooding caused extensive damage to ceiling tiles, carpets and furnishings.
Church officials canceled Wednesday evening classes, but Grant said they hope to be back on a normal schedule by Sunday.
“We will not use the damaged classrooms, but will find alternative space in the church building,” said Grant.
The area damaged is in the same wing as the portion damaged when lighting struck the church roof July 10 of last year.
It took the church more than six weeks to renovate after the damages, which were primarily smoke and water damage.
Firefighters had had to cut through a portion of the roof above the Children’s Wing to get water to the flames.