One burst pipe does $5M damage to downtown highrise – The London Free Press

A burst water pipe at one of London’s tallest residential buildings caused $5 million damage Wednesday, fire officials say.

The Renaissance Towers, located in downtown London, across the street from Budweiser Gardens.

While crews were testing a fire pump and sprinkler system just before 11 a.m., a six-inch pipe burst above the 28th floor, causing extensive water damage, fire officials said in a statement Thursday. Most of the water damage happened between the 28th floor and 24th floor of the building at 71 King Street — the Renaissance 1 Tower. Three elevators were rendered inoperable by the flood of water.

Water could be seen trickling down the stairs to the main level, a challenge for firefighters trying to move equipment and access the major leak.

No injuries were reported.

It took about 10 hours for workers to repair and restore the sprinkler system. The elevators will be out of service for up to three days.

Displaced tenants were offered hotel rooms, fire officials said in a statement.

Water is rushing through a Tricar apartment building off of King St. All started from a pipe bursting on the 28th floor, I’ve been told. Dripping all the way down the stairs to the main floor. #LdnOnt

— Shannon Coulter (@ShannonatLFP) August 8, 2018