Sprinkler flooding forces evacuation of Boston jail

Sunday, July 5, 2009 | 4:59 p.m. CDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A county jail near Boston has been evacuated after officials say a group of inmates broke the sprinkler system and flooded the building.

Middlesex County Sheriff James DiPaola says several inmates at the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge became unruly Sunday morning after 15 of them were sent to area hospitals with flu-like symptoms.

DiPaola says some inmates broke the fire suppression system, setting off the sprinklers.

The Cambridge Fire Department asked the sheriff's office to turn off the building's power, and officials began evacuating the inmates by bus to other facilities.

It was not immediately clear where they were headed, or how long the jail would be closed.

The jail was originally built to house 160 prisoners, but has housed up to 400.


Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.