Water line break damages Thornton Family Dollar store

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THORNTON, Colo. -- A water pipe break caused significant damage to the front of a Family Dollar store in Thornton Tuesday afternoon.

The leak at about 3 p.m. destroyed the soffit area and part of the front sign at the Family Dollar at 88th Ave. and Washington St. according to Thornton Fire Marshal McCollum.

A building inspector was called to the scene, but McCollum didn't think there was any structural damage to the building.

The water line had frozen and then cracked when the temperature warmed and the ice expanded when it thawed.

The store was closed while crews complete repairs.