Phoenix fires, punishes 5 more workers over library flood

  • Source: Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix
  • Published: 02/01/2018 12:00 AM

Six months after severe flooding caused an estimated $10 million in damages at Burton Barr Central Library, Phoenix officials have finished a personnel investigation and decided to fire, demote or suspend five more employees. That brings the total number of employees disciplined for the disaster to 11. Last July, a windstorm shook the library's roof, releasing dust that the smoke-detection system confused for smoke. The fire-sprinkler system then filled with water and, although sprinkler heads did not activate, water gushed out of holes in the pipes caused by corrosion. The flooding damaged all five floors of the library and part of the book collection, causing the library to close for repairs for up to a year.


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