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Palmyra retirement community evacuated

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A senior retirement community in Palmyra was evacuated after a broken valve in the fire sprinkler system disrupted water service early Monday.

About 128 residents of Traditions of Hershey, at 100 N. Larkspur Drive, were taken to the Campbelltown Fire Hall after incident occurred just after 4 a.m.

"We were sleeping and around four o'clock the fire alarm went off," said Trudy Trautman, a resident. "We know we get tested once a month, but we just had a test and we thought that was unusual."

"The crack was in our attic part of our sprinkler system and it was a valve between our pipes in the center part of the building," said Jeremy Keiter, executive director of Traditions of Hershey. "The middle corridor was affected and none of the personal care residents, their rooms, and just a few rooms in the independent living."

"The decision was made to shut off the water to stop the leak and to evacuate the residents due to the fact that the water was shut off and they couldn't use the toilet facilities and it would be kind of difficult to feed them," said John Breive, coordinator of the Western Lebanon County Regional EMA.

The residents were served lunch at the fire hall and returned to Traditions of Hershey once repairs were completed about nine hours later.

No one was injured.


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