Phoenix jail flooded, forced relocation of inmates

Phoenix jail flooded, forced relocation of inmates

Credit: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say a probationary detention officer caused the leak of a high pressure fire sprinkler water main at the downtown Phoenix jail.

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Posted on December 31, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 2 at 5:38 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say a probationary detention officer caused the leak of a high pressure fire sprinkler water main at the downtown Phoenix jail.

The broken pipe flooded the downtown Fourth Avenue Jail on Friday.

It forced the relocation of 50 inmates until floors, walls and equipment dried by Monday.

Sheriff's officials say an exposed pipe on the third floor of the jail broke and leaked down two floors to the central intake area.

Fifty inmates who were part of a housekeeping detail were relocated to Tent City until their unit could be cleaned.

Authorities say some of the jail's electrical equipment was down until Monday.

The probationary detention officer has been working with the jail for less than a year and now is on administrative leave with pay.

Some doors did not operate properly for a time so officers stood guard to ensure safety and security of the building, staff and other inmates.

According to Sheriff Arpaio, no serious cause for concern resulted from the flood.

"Staff and inmates may have been slightly inconvenienced by it and visitation had to be cancelled. But the important thing is no injuries or behavioral disruptions occurred. And now operations are back to normal," Arpaio says.

Damage estimates are not available at this time as the assessment underway, according to a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

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