Burst Pipe Forces Evacuation Of Miami Beach Hotel

MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) – A burst pipe forced the evacuation of a Miami Beach Hotel after part of the ceiling in the lobby collapsed.

Miami Beach Fire Rescue spokesman Adonis Garcia said the pipe, which is between the first and second floors of the Claremont Hotel on Collins Avenue, burst causing “a lot of water coming down” into the lobby and collapsing part of the ceiling. The burst also set off the hotel’s fire sprinkler system.

Ros Guttso, the hotel’s general manager, said he thinks the lobby is the only part of the hotel that is really affected.

“The fire department said where the roof came down, it was actually leaking from inside and then it just blew out the ceiling,” said Guttso.

The hotel’s guests were relocated to another hotel four blocks away Sunday evening.

No one was injured. The hotel is a small three-story building.

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