Water leak prompts evacuation of Philly building

    Authorities say residents of a downtown Philadelphia high-rise apartment building were forced from their homes last night because of a major water leak.

    Fire officials tell The Philadelphia Inquirer that a standpipe broke on the 28th floor of the 30-story building at about 10 p.m.

    Officials say there was flooding on some floors of the building. The standpipe is used by the fire department to get water in case of a fire.

    A Red Cross official told WPVI-TV that 118 units in the building were affected.

    The Red Cross was called to arrange shelter, but a spokesman said many residents had places to go and didn’t need help.

    No injuries were reported.

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