Historic NH inn damaged by burst water pipe

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LITTLETON, N.H. (AP) - The top floor of an historic inn in Littleton, N.H., has been severely damaged from a burst water pipe.

Crews are working to reopen Thayers Inn and Bailwick’s Fine Restaurant. The burst pipe sent water tumbling down four stories and caused the restaurant ceiling to collapse on the bar Friday.

The Caledonian Record reports (http://bit.ly/1gKCi1Q) no injuries were reported, but the water did displace about eight hotel guests, who were sent to other lodging establishments in town. A small group of people was evacuated from Bailiwick’s.

In addition to the restaurant damage, five of the 39 guest rooms had significant water damage.

The damage that resulted was worse than the water damage from a fire in March 2012, Littleton Fire Chief Joe Mercieri and Thayers Inn General Manager Harry Almeida said Tuesday.

“It’s all shut down because there is a lot of cleanup and some rewiring of electrical panels because they got wet and also rewiring of rooms” said Mercieri. “There’s quite a bit of work to be done.”

It’s not clear when the inn will reopen.

The inn was established in 1843 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its guests have included U.S. presidents and presidential candidates as well as celebrities such as Bette Davis.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com

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