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Sprinkler System Floods Skokie Apartment Building While Dousing A Fire

SKOKIE, Ill. (CBS) -- People in one Skokie residential building are dealing with the aftermath of a fire that has left them in the dark.

About 140 people live in the 10-story building.

On the fifth floor, a small fire triggered the sprinkler system, and while the fire was quickly contained, those sprinklers did their job so well spraying water that it actually flooded parts of the rest of the building.

"There's too much of it on five, and it's all through the elevators and everything," said resident Michelle Carelli. "My apartment's got it through the hallway. I"ll have some cleaning to do in my apartment."

There were no injuries as a result of the fire.

Skokie Fire said the fire actually got inside the electrical system, which can be dangerous, so they had to shut down power to the building. Saturday morning they were working with electricians and Cook County Emergency Management and hoped to have power restored within several hours.

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