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Boston High-Rise Evacuated After Mattress Damages Sprinkler System

By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV
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Residents of a Nassau Street condo building were forced out of their homes after water leak.

Residents of a Nassau Street condo building were forced out of their homes after water leak.

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BOSTON (CBS) – At least 20 condominium units have been damaged after a major water leak in Boston.

According to Boston Fire, there was a leak on the 22nd floor of the 23-story building at 1 Nassau Street Thursday evening.

125 people have been forced out of their homes by a deluge of water, all because of a car with a big load.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

“A gentleman was driving through the basement with a mattress strapped to his roof of is car. He sheered off a sprinkler head that energized the whole sprinkler system putting excessive pressure on to the roof, and blew the sprinkler head off the roof. All the water came cascading down throughout the building,” says Deputy Fire Chief Steve Dunbar.

“Water was coming out from in front of the mailboxes through the lights,” explained one resident. “My two cats are probably a little uncomfortable.”

Fire officials say the 23-story building is uninhabitable. The electricity has been cut off, there’s no working elevator, and no working sprinkler system. Most of the 30 units are owned by those who live in them. They’re not allowed back inside for now. Their condo association is helping them find places to stay in the meantime.

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