Target Near UCLA Becomes Flooded After Pipe Breaks; 2,000 Gallons of Water Spilled

Fire crews were cleaning up after a Target located just a block away from the UCLA campus became flooded with water when a pipe burst on Friday morning.

Firefighters were cleaning up after a Target near UCLA became flooded on Aug. 1, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Firefighters were cleaning up after a Target near UCLA became flooded on Aug. 1, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Firefighters responded to the Target located at 10861 Weyburn Ave. in Westwood at around 3:15 a.m. after receiving a report of a water leak, according to Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Robert Nelson.

When crews arrived, they determined that an upstairs pipe had broken and was leaking, Nelson said.

He added that construction crews were renovating the old Best Buy when the pipe burst, and the water had made its way into Target. The leak was possibly the result of a construction issue or faulty equipment.

The Department of Water and Power was called in to turn off the water.

About 2,000 gallons of water were spilled, according to Nelson.

Some of the merchandise was damaged as a result of the leak, and about 15 percent of the store had to be relocated, he added.

Building management eventually took over the cleanup efforts.

The incident was not connected to flooding at the UCLA campus that was caused after a water main ruptured Tuesday afternoon, spilling an estimated 20 million gallons of water in the area.