BOSTON - Nearly 200 residents in an Allston high-rise were evacuated early Wednesday after a pipe burst, sending water gushing throughout numerous floors, as a resident changed out his kitchen faucet, officials said.
Residents in the 10-story high-rise at 15 North Beacon St. awoke to alarms going off around 1 a.m. when the high-pressure water system started pouring from the fifth floor down to the lobby, when a hot water line burst when a man on the fifth floor tried to replace his faucet, fire officials said.
BREAKING: About 200 residents evacuated from this high rise on North Beacon St in Allston. Boston Fire says a man on the fifth floor was changing a kitchen faucet and the pipe burst. Water flooded from the fifth floor down. #Boston25 pic.twitter.com/ADeK56saN5— Kelly Sullivan (@ksullivannews) July 3, 2019
The leak initially triggered the alarms but then shorted the electrical system and added to the confusion as residents weren't sure what was happening.
Around 200 people were evacuated by the Boston Fire Department and some spent the night at the nearby Jackson Mann School. It's unclear how long it will be until they are allowed back into their apartments.
Fire officials said the man changing the faucet had suffered minor burns to his hands; no other residents were injured.
Deputy Chief Stephen McNeil briefs the media . All residents were safely evacuated . There is a temporary shelter at the Jackson Mann school the BFD-VAU and @AlertBoston is on scene helping with the displaced. @ISDBoston to inspect the building . pic.twitter.com/OXlGiunCEF— Boston Fire Dept. (@BostonFire) July 3, 2019
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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