A burst water pipe rudely awakened hundreds of tourists sleeping at a Financial District hotel early Monday morning.
Some 600 guests at the Holiday Inn on Washington Street were instructed to leave their rooms when a one-inch fire sprinkler pipe on the roof exploded and sent water into the building and its rooms.
The leak set off the fire alarm, which sent guests in the hotel’s 492 rooms down the stairs of the 50-floor building.
Fire officials said one man fell during the evacuation and was taken to Bellevue for treatment, but that there were no other injuries at the site.
Management at the hotel told reporters that some of their guests were being placed in other hotels in the area owned by the chain, and a nearby restaurant opened its doors to people who were moved out of the overcrowded lobby.
Hotel management was unable to say how long it would take to repair the water damage.
It's not clear if the bitter arctic temperatures that hit the region over the weekend contributed to the pipe burst, authorities said.