Pipes burst at Ronald McDonald House, Rooms closed - WKRN News 2

Pipes burst at Ronald McDonald House, Rooms closed

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Busted pipes and flooding at the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville Tuesday has forced the charity to close 17 of its 32 rooms.

The house, located on Fairfax Avenue, provides low income housing for families of critically ill children receiving care at Nashville-area hospitals.

Officials with the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville said a frozen sprinkler pipe burst in the attic of one of the wings at the facility, flooding three floors.

Fortunately none of those families affected were at the facility at the time of the flooding.

At last check, a spokesperson for the Ronald McDonald House said those displaced families did not ask for alternative lodging.

Many families are staying at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where their child is admitted. 

According to a statement posted on the charity's Facebook page, the entire wing that houses rooms 1-17 is flooded to the point where it is currently uninhabitable.

"We're working to contact the families affected and thank everyone for their patience as we work through this unexpected situation," the statement read.

Families staying in one of the affected rooms who have not been in contact with the Ronald McDonald House should call 615-343-4000.

It is unclear when the rooms will be livable. The cost of the damage is unknown.

Monetary donations can be made online. Donations can also be mailed to 2144 Fairfax Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee 37212. 2014 Flood Recovery should be written in the check's memo.

If donating online, donors should note the gift as "Flood Relief."

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