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The new year got off to a wet start for several disabled and elderly residents at a local retirement home.

Overnight fire crews were called to the Wesley Village Retirement Community at NW 13th and Harvey after a broken sprinkler flooded several floors.

The flooding started on the third floor of the building and trickled down.

"At first it was a trickle and in minutes it was a gusher," said resident Arthur Copeland.

Some elderly residents are fed up with what they call on ongoing problem of poor living conditions.

Arthur lives inside the retirement home.

The next day ceiling tiles are still either soaked or destroyed.

Several apartments have been damaged and a few residents had to be evacuated.

The cause was a damaged sprinkler head.

"We found a sprinkler head that activated. We don't know what activated it," said Todd Mathews with the Oklahoma City fire department. "Water was coming out a pretty good rate."

The pouring water overnight also led to another problem.

"We also had an issue where the sprinkler put out a pilot light on a stove and gas came out and we had an odor of gas," said Mathews.

Several residents claim the flooding and gas isn't the only problem to plague the building in recent years.

Even today, in a building with numerous disabled people, the elevators are out of order.

Still, Arthur is the only one willing to speak out.

Others say they're afraid of being evicted.

"These people say don't rock the boat. If you do they're kick you out and this is all we can afford," said Copeland.

We did contact the manager over the phone.

She said she had no comment and then hung up.

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