Water Main Breaks at Vons

FILLMORE, CA. - On 2/16/2011 at 9:45pm the City of Fillmore Fire Department was dispatched to the Vons Grocery store located 636 Ventura Street for a reported broken water main. Upon arriving on scene, crews observed approximately 2” of water at the front entrance of the location. Upon further investigation, fire personnel located a severed 4” water pipeline used to supply the fire sprinkler system at the location. It is estimated the damaged pipe line released approximately 1,800 gallons of water per minute into the interior of the structure until the leak could be secured some 15 minutes later. The cause of the pipeline failure remains under investigation however appears to be due to a failure in the iron ductile pipe.

The Vons Supermarket & Wells Fargo Bank were forced to close their doors for approximately 36 hours while cleanup crews worked to vacuum up the water and begin the long process of restoration. It is estimated by store officials that $10,000 worth of perishable products were damaged as a direct result of the waters release. The store has reopened for business however remains under construction as crews work to repair damage done to soaked drywall and carpeting at the location.