Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 10, 2014

Railroad Museum unharmed when nearby water main ruptures

PRINCETON — A water main near the historic district end of Mercer Street in Princeton burst Sunday afternoon, prompting response from the Princeton Fire Department substation.

“At the initial blowout, some of the water came up on the wall of the Princeton Railroad Museum,” Brian Blankenship, a Princeton city firefighter, said. “A lady there at the museum expressed concerns about the museum, but the water didn’t get in the museum or the agricultural building.”

The substation was paged out at 4 p.m. and remained on the scene to make sure it was secure. Crews with West Virginia American Water arrived on the scene later.

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