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A 24-year-old man has been charged with mischief over $5,000 for Monday night's massive water leak that brought hundreds of litres of water cascading through 35 floors of a Yaletown condo buildin
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VANCOUVER — A 24-year-old man has been charged with mischief after hundreds of litres of water cascaded through 35 floors of a Yaletown condominium on Monday night.
Someone opened three firefighting standpipes near the top of the 37-storey building at 928 Beatty St. building at about 6 p.m. Monday, according to the Vancouver police.
A resident of the building, Salvador Villarreal-Gomez, was charged Wednesday with mischief causing more than $5,000 in damage.
He was released on the condition he return only once to the building — with a police officer — to gather his clothes and belongings, according to VPD spokesman Const. Brian Montague. He is also forbidden from leaving the country, using non-prescription drugs or alcohol and he must surrender his passport, which is believed to be Mexican, Montague said.
Capt. Gabe Roder of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services said Monday night that "the water made its way down into every single hallway."
Ian Baillie, who lives in the building, told The Sun via Twitter late Monday night that his 27th-floor hallway was flooded and the elevators weren't operating.
However, Baillie said he "fared better than others" and that his next-door neighbour's apartment was extensively damaged after water poured through her ceiling. He said many people in the building rent and he wondered how many had insurance to cover the damage caused by the water.
Standpipes are found in the stairwells of most buildings and typically can be opened by hand so firefighters have easy access during an emergency, Roder said.
"It's equivalent to having a fire extinguisher on every floor," he said. "By code, in every business and every apartment building, it's mandatory.
"People have grown up respecting the emergency equipment and it's not a common occurrence for people to tamper with it."