HAMLET — The Hamlet Depot has become a minor construction zone due to damage from a sprinkler head that discharged inside the building.
“We don’t know what caused this at this point,” said Hamlet Mayor Bill Bayless.
Bayless did note that the discharge did not happen until after the big freeze on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7.
The depot has had two visits from an insurance adjuster to help assess the damage done to the building, but Miranda Chavis, museum manager and downtown coordinator, assured that the damage was very minimal to what it could have been.
“The Hamlet Fire Department and city personnel moved in very quickly,” Chavis said. “They worked collectively to help minimize the damage and, thanks to the hard work that they’ve done, they helped prevent what could have been a very damaging situation.”
Bayless said the estimated cost of repairs is currently unknown. The city is still waiting on the insurance adjuster and contractor to get back to them with numbers.
“We’re hopeful that most of it will be covered by insurance,” Bayless said.
Bayless said the repairs are underway as baseboards, benches and flooring is being pulled up in the waiting room area.
The estimated time for repair is 30 days, Chavis said.
“The quick response by the city just shows the great care and pride the city of Hamlet has for this (Hamlet Depot) building,” Chavis said. “They worked collectively to protect and preserve it.”
Despite the damage, the facility has remained open. A passenger waiting room has been set up and the museum will still be in operation even during the repairs.