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Chinatown High-Rise Evacuated After Water Pipe Bursts

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A wet hallway in the Archstone Apartments after the leak.  (Photo courtesy: Boston Fire Dept.)

A wet hallway in the Archstone Apartments after the leak. (Photo courtesy: Boston Fire Dept.)

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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.

(TM and © Copyright 2010 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2010 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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