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Sprinkler douses student rooms in Watterson Towers

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:27:01 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Students at Watterson Towers are laundering clothing and rugs after the sprinkler system triggered and spilled water onto four floors of the residence hall. ISU Spokesman Eric Jome says the problem came from one sprinkler head in a student room on the 11th floor that appeared to have been tampered with.

"It looked like something may have been hung on a sprinkler and thus breaking it and then sprinklers doing what they do is letting out a large amount of water."

Housing Director Maureen Blair says there does not appear to be much damage to student electronics. Blair says ISU will watch the situation for mold blooms.

"We certainly pay attention to that so Environmental Health and Safety came out last night and they'll continue to help us work through that and make sure the building gets completely aired out and to reduce if not completely eliminate any risk of that."

Blair says the investigation into the broken sprinkler head continues and students could face disciplinary action. About 150 Illinois State University student residents of Watterson Towers had portions of their rooms soaked and there was a temporary evacuation of the high rise residence hall.

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