Chinatown High-Rise Evacuated After Water Pipe Bursts

CHINATOWN (CBS/AP) – A water pipe on the 9th floor of a high-rise apartment building burst late Monday night and sent hundreds of residents into single-digit temperatures and an emergency shelter.

The pipe burst in the 28-story Archstone Apartments building in Chinatown around 11:30 p.m., sending water cascading into apartments, and down elevator shafts and stairwells.

WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports

Investigators think a 6-inch pipe for the building sprinkler system is to blame and the break may have been caused by the cold.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

About 1,000 residents were evacuated because the power was shut off.

No one was hurt.

MBTA buses took the residents to a shelter at a nearby school.

It’s not clear yet when they’ll be able to return to their homes.

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  • Cynic

    In other News stories about this incident I noticed that non of the residents Quoted had Chinese names.Are any of the residents the Chinese uprooted when this building was built? Just Curious.

    • Archstone Resident

      You mean in the same manner that a thousand individuals were “uprooted” last night? I understand that some human beings may have an odd train of thought, but yours is certainly careless, Cynic.

      • Cynic

        I take your answer to mean “No”… How many just walked across the street and registered at the Ritz?. I meant “Uprooted” as in having your neighborhood bulldozed and destroyed….That is being ‘Uprooted” You people were merely “Inconvienced”.

    • jamie

      Cynic you should be ashamed of yourself! There are people from all walks of life in this building & every hotel in the downtown area has been helping out, not just the Ritz-Carlton. If your pipe burst in your home you would certainly be uprooted. The damage could have hurt many, thank god it has not yet.

      I live here too! And there are many asians that live there. And americans, europeans, muslims… what on earth is your point?!?!

  • Archstone Resident

    Maybe you should walk up to the building & see for yourself. The water totalled our entire apartment. Everything was lost.

    Also, 10 percent of people living in that building are part of the Boston Residential Authority and could not afford the Ritz if their life depended on it, families with children and babies, they literally have nothing.

    Get your facts straight, and if you care so much about the history of Boston, buy a book or actually learn before saying ignorant (meaning uneducated) remarks that I know for a FACT, you would NEVER, EVER have the audacity to say in person to one single tenant of the Archstone.

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