Fire Hydrant Ruptures In Beacon Hill, Forces Evacuations

Fire Hydrant Ruptures In Beacon Hill

(Shari Small/WBZ NewsRadio)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Residents of an apartment building in Beacon Hill were ordered to evacuate Saturday morning after a fire hydrant ruptured, causing the area to flood with water.

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission said that the fire hydrant gave way near the corner of Revere and Anderson Streets, and caused damage to the sidewalk and potentially the apartment building on Myrtle Street.

The rupture happened around 8 a.m. and water could be seen rushing down Anderson Street.

Emergency crews had to shutdown the sprinkler system of the apartment building, which led to the ordered evacuation.

“It was flowing pretty steadily down the hill back there,” Taylor, a resident of the evacuated apartment building, said. “I had come back from a run a saw the water, but I went up to my apartment. I suspected I would be evacuated just by the amount of water.”

About seven apartments were evacuated.

The structural damage to the building is currently be assessed. A Water and Sewer Commission spokesperson said a structural engineer must deem the building safe before the tenants are allowed back in.

According to officials, water has since been restored to residents on Revere Street between Anderson Street and Garden Street, as well as "those on Myrtle Street whose residencies back onto Revere." The hydrant is set to be replaced on Monday.

WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports

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