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High-Rise Apartment Building In Downtown Evacuated After Water Main Break

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A high-rise apartment building in downtown L.A. was evacuated this afternoon when a water main broke.

The break happened on the 25th floor of the luxury apartment building at 717 West Olympic Blvd., just blocks away from Staples Center and L.A. Live, according to KTLA. ABC7 reports that the water main break resulted in about 1.5 inches of water pooling on each subsequent floor. The building was restoring water to its fire alarm system when the pipe broke.

Los Angeles Fire Department told KTLA that no one was injured.

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That area around Staples Center has seen a lot of new, high-end development action recently. In August, it was announced that a new W Hotel would be built at 11th and Figueroa, in addition to two more residential buildings of 30 stories or higher. That, plus the news earlier this month of yet another boutique hotel, based on Sunset Boulevard's Hyde nightclub, has proven that downtown is booming...so long as they can keep a lid on burst water mains.