晾挂衣服误触洒水器 酒店两层楼被淹

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  康利中学(Thornlea Secondary School)篮球队到温莎市参与赛事,一名队员在凌晨休息期间,意外触动酒店房间的洒水器,导致其中两层水浸,非正式估计损失总值30万。

  根据约克区教育局发言人米格卢(Licinio Miguelo)的说法,其中一名学生正寻找地方晾干衣物,结果错误把衣物挂在墙上的洒水器,事件属无心之失,保险协调员正在调查事件。

  事发酒店为Waterfront Hotel Downtown Windsor,其营运公司Vrancor Hospitality的业务总监托什(Peter Tosh)表示,酒店12楼的警报系统在11月29日凌晨2时响起,一头黑色长发、身高6呎2的男子向酒店保安指,他尝试把篮球球衣悬挂在洒水器喷头,结果触动了洒水装置。

  事件酿成的水浸问题波及酒店的12楼和11楼,托什指暂时没有正式估算损失,由于没有证据显示事件是故意,因此公司亦无意提起诉讼。《星报》则引述消息来源指,损失总值近30万,维修须时数个月。

  网上有传闻指,事发前学生正在房间胡闹,有人把其中一名学生“挂上”洒水器,结果触发事件。家长刘易斯(Joel Lewis)的儿子和妻子同样身在现场,他指事件绝对是意外,又形容传言带来不少困扰。

http://www.thestar.com/yourtoronto/education/2014/12/10/thornhill_basket...

 

 Thornhill basketball team inadvertently causes $300,000 hotel damage
A member of Thornlea Secondary School's senior basketball team in Windsor for a tournament accidentally set off a fire sprinkler that flooded rooms at their hotel.

 By: Kristin Rushowy Education Reporter, Published on Wed Dec 10 2014

A player on Thornlea Secondary School’s senior basketball team set off a hotel room sprinkler while the team was in Windsor for a tournament, causing a flood and “significant” damage unofficially estimated at about $300,000.

“One of the boys was looking for a place to dry an article of clothing — he hung it on the wall and it turned out to be a sprinkler,” said York Region District School Board spokesperson Licinio Miguelo. “It was inadvertent.”

Insurance adjusters are now looking into the incident.

Peter Tosh, director of operations for Vrancor Hospitality, which operates the Waterfront Hotel Downtown Windsor, said the alarm system went off on the 12th floor around 2 a.m. on Nov. 29.

“The guest staying in the 12th floor room who can be identified as a 6’2” male, with long dark hair, stated to the hotel’s security he was trying to hang a basketball jersey by the sprinkler head when it went off,” he said via email.

The sprinkler caused “significant water damage” on that floor and the one below. Tosh said there’s no formal estimate at this time, but sources have told the Star it is around $300,000. Repairs are expected to take several months.

He said there is no evidence the damage was deliberate, and “at this time, the hotel ownership has no plans to pursue a lawsuit.”

Chaperone Karen Lewis, whose Grade 12 son is on the team, said the player who set off the sprinkler was trying to hang up an item of clothing to dry when the sprinkler snapped.

“He just hung it and the thing just broke. And it was entirely an accident,” Lewis said, adding the player screamed for help when the water came gushing out.

She said the water flooded the room, seeping out into the rest of the floor as well as soaking the boys’ shoes, jerseys and clothing.

It took crews at the hotel between an hour to an hour and a half to turn off the water, according to Lewis.

“If you have water running for that long, of course it’s going to seep into everywhere,” she said.

Lewis said the players, many of whom are in their senior year of high school and eyeing athletic scholarships, were traumatized by the incident. They were “wringing out the water” from their clothes the next morning.

“It could have happened to anybody,” Lewis said.

Rumours circulating on social media that the teens were horsing around or partying in the room are false, she added.

“The kids that we have on this team, they’re there because they want to play, because they want to get to the next level. It’s not just a regular high school kind of thing for them.”

Peter Cusumano, who coaches the senior boys basketball team at Catholic Central High School in Windsor, was the tournament’s convenor. He confirmed that Thornlea withdrew after playing two games on Friday, both of which they lost. They had two games scheduled for the Saturday.

He did not wish to comment on the incident.

The Freeds Tournament, for elite teams, took place November 28 and 29, and was won by Toronto’s St. Michael’s College. Other teams from the area included Pine Ridge Secondary School in Pickering and Oakville’s Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School.

With files from Diana Hall

 

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