- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Officials say the extreme cold is to blame for a ruptured pipe at the historic Betsy Williams Cottage at Roger Williams Park.

WJAR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1PDu3ac ) that the pipe broke around 8 p.m. Monday and was shut off at about 10:30 p.m. The pipe was added to the 243-year-old building as part of a sprinkler system that apparently froze over the weekend.

A parks and recreation spokesman says there likely won’t be any major damage because the break happened in a small room.

Betsy Williams was the great-great-great granddaughter of Roger Williams, who founded Rhode Island on the principle of religious freedom. The cottage sits on land that was part of the territory allotted to Roger Williams by Native Americans. She donated the cottage upon her death in 1871.

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Information from: WJAR-TV, http://www.turnto10.com

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