Marblehead House Dials 911 For Help

MARBLEHEAD (CBS) – A mysterious 911 call led police to a house that was ruined by a leaky pipe.

It appears the home actually made the call.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith reports.

Officers went to 31 Rockaway Ave. Wednesday after getting a 911 hang up.

The home owner was nowhere to be found and police went in the back door.

That’s when they found the water and extensive mold caused by a pipe that apparently burst during a winter freeze.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports.

Health Director Wayne Attridge told WBZ-TV water came down inside the walls and through the ceiling.  The wood floors buckled, the ceilings are sagging and the basement was filled with five feet of water.

The water appears to have short-circuited the house’s phone system, which somehow triggered the 911 call.

Attridge said the home owner has been in New York for months and that his daughter has told him about the situation.

The home has not been condemned, but Attridge said repairing it might be more expensive than tearing it down and starting over.

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