FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) -- A hole in a water main sent a high pressure geyser rocketing toward a Fort Worth home Tuesday night. It blew out windows, tore off the roof and flooded the house with up to a foot of water.
The break left as many as 70 homes without water Tuesday night. Asphalt and rock littered the front yard of the home in the 3600 block of Walton Avenue. Water department spokesperson Mary Gugliuzza said it was likely a small hole that developed in a 10-inch water main that sent water shooting toward the house.
Homeowner Ann Spencer was inside when the line broke, and said the water hitting her home sounded like power lines snapping in a storm. She ran outside though when her ceiling started to cave in.
"I went out the patio door and it almost knocked me over, coming over the house in the backyard," she said.
Spencer and her boyfriend Norm Green said the geyser sprayed the home for up to 45 minutes before city crews were able to turn the water off.
"Everybody was just looking in awe, you know," Green said. "There was nothing you could do."
Despite the failing roof, Spencer went back into the home, with the help of firefighters and friends, to try to retrieve a lifelong collection of baseball memorabilia. She had baseballs signed by players dating back to the 1940's including Dizzy Dean, Sandy Koufax, and the entire Texas Rangers infield when it included Mark Teixiera and Alex Rodriguez.
A water damage cleaning company, hired by the city, was working at the home late Tuesday night.
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