Edgefield flooding believed caused by ‘guest behavior’

Multnomah County

A spokesperson for the historic hotel said the broken sprinkler pipe caused some damage to all three floors

TROUTDALE, Ore. (KOIN) — Someone may have hung from a fire sprinkler pipe at McMenamins Edgefield, causing it to break and flood the historic hotel.

Gresham firefighters said a sprinkler pipe burst at the historic hotel in Troutdale on Wednesday evening. Hundreds of gallons of water spilled into the building before crews were able to shut off the flow. Ankle-deep water pooled on the 3rd floor before raining down into the lower stories, eventually leaking into Lucky’s Pool Hall in the basement.

Nearly 200 guests had to be evacuated.

Edgefield guest Jim Day was staying in a building that wasn’t affected.

“It was quite a show with lights and sirens and firemen in uniforms and all that,” he told KOIN 6 News. “There were a bunch of coworkers who were here for this conference who had to go stay at other hotels.”

He said he had a positive experience despite the excitement.

“I was fortunate and staying in the Power Station room and had a great time, it was very quiet,” Day said. “I had the soaking pool all to myself and it was one of the best nights I’ve had there.”

Edgefield regular Russ Niebling found Lucky’s closed Thursday afternoon while crews and fans worked to dry it out.

“I live right up the hills so this is my happy place,” Niebling said. “I was going to come down and watch the first half of the football game but not now.”

A spokesperson for Edgefield told KOIN 6 News investigators think the flooding was caused by “guest behavior.”

A guest or someone at the hotel may have grabbed the pipe and pulled it down or hung from it, according to McMenamins Director of Marketing Renee Rank Ignacio.

Ignacio said the cleanup was progressing quickly and only 4 rooms remained closed by Thursday afternoon. The rest of the building was open for business as usual.

Ignacio said there are no cameras in the hallway where the pipe broke so there’s no video evidence of what happened. But investigators are working to figure out who is responsible for the damage.

KOIN 6 News will update this story later today.

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