Broken hydrant forces evacuation of Boston building; structural integrity in question

  • Source: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston
  • Published: 10/05/2019 10:45 AM

A building on Beacon Hill has been evacuated after a fire hydrant gave way Saturday morning, according to the Boston Water and Sewer Commission. District Fire Chief Fred Lorenz said the structural integrity of the four-unit building at 89 Myrtle St. was in question. "Certainly, the corner of the building has been undermined by the flow of water. It looks pretty significant," Lorenz said. "The building felt like it was kind of rumbling," said Taylor Morgan, who was among those evacuated from the building. "I had just gotten back from a run. I was a little nervous to shower." Boston Water and Sewer, however, said the damage to the building appears to be minor and the owner will continue the cleanup effort and have his engineers assess the damage.


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