Hotel pipe bursts in sub-zero weather early Sunday


The sub-zero temperatures caused a pipe to burst in the Hotel Pattee’s sprinkler system early Sunday, rousing guests with the alarm system and flooding a portion of the basement and the vacant museum store next door.

No injuries were reported.

“A sprinkler pipe in the ceiling above the bike shop split,” said Hotel Pattee Maintenance Director Bob Smithson. “Up in the ceiling it just got cold in the crawl space because of all the frigid weather we’ve been having.”

The Perry Police Department, Perry Volunteer Fire Department and Perry Water Works responded to the 2:30 a.m. alarm.

Smithson said water to the affected section of the building has been shut off, and the hotel’s service company has been notified. He said the hotel itself was spared, and the guests still have regular water service in their rooms.

“It didn’t get to the hotel,” he said. “Some of the water came down the steps, and it’s in the basement on the carpeting, but that’s as far as it got. It’s halfway to the bowling alley, but that’s where they got it stopped.”

The Pattee Cafe will be open as usual for Sunday breakfast from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., a hotel spokesperson said. will update this story as information becomes available.


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