SIOUX CITY | Water, water was everywhere in the lobby of the Howard Johnson Hotel Tuesday morning.
Joe Rodriguez, a lieutenant with Sioux City Fire Rescue, said a sprinkler system pipe at the hotel broke and leaked considerable amounts of water. The pipe most likely broke "due to the temperature," he said.
Rodriguez said the call came in around 10:30 a.m.
Hotel guests were apparently not impacted by the pipe break and did not have to be evacuated. The sprinklers were not immediately repaired, Rodriguez said.
Because of the sprinkler system issues, hotel staff have to perform a "fire watch" for safety.
The lobby was thoroughly drenched in the incident, but other floors were not affected. Rodriguez gave a rough estimate of how much water flowed from the broken pipe.
"A lot," he said. "Copious amounts."