By Ross Guidotti

WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) – Some local hotel patrons received a rude awakening in West Mifflin Thursday morning.

A pipe burst and forced guests to evacuate after as parts of the building were flooded.

According to officials at the scene, a line feeding the sprinkler system broke around 3:40 a.m. at the Spring Hill Suites.

“I grabbed my coat, stuck my head out the door and I noticed water coming out from the fire escape,” Eric Cottrell said.

However, what Cottrell saw wasn’t a little dampness.

“It was flowing from this end of the building to the other end of the building. You could hear it. It just sounded like a big waterfall on this end of the building coming down the stairs. So, it had to have been a pretty good size pipe that busted and it was just spraying water everywhere,” Cottrell said.

It is believed that the break happened somewhere on the third floor, which sent water cascading down onto the second and ground floors below.

“It was running right out the front door, it was running out the side door,” James Lamprecht said.

Firefighters helped with the evacuation and securing the leak and cleanup began immediately.

Coincidently, the hotel was undergoing major renovations at the time.

Patrons in rooms affected by the break were moved to other hotels, while those whose rooms were unaffected were allowed to stay.

An estimate of the damage is not known at this time.


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