A San Francisco man was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly vandalizing a 29-story apartment building by opening a fire hose valve, forcing tenants to evacuate massive flooding.
Firefighters were called to 100 Van Ness in the Civic Center neighborhood at 5:30 a.m. due to reports of a fire alarm. First responders reportedly found a naked man next to a pipe gushing water.
The suspect, identified as 46-year-old Michael Nien by FOX 2 San Francisco, was a resident of the high-rise. Residents say he opened a fire hose valve on the 11th floor, causing high-pressure flooding to rise throughout the building.
The suspect was arrested on Tuesday for vandalism and resisting arrest. He was later booked into the San Francisco County Jail.
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Pictures taken on Tuesday show massive holes in the building’s walls that were caused by the heavy flooding.
Tenants were reportedly frustrated by the incident, which rendered elevators useless. The residents must now go up and down a total of 29 stairs until the elevators are repaired.
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“Water was gushing out,” resident Emily Igler told FOX 2 San Francisco. “There was like a six foot high massive spray of water coming out ten feet down from the water main.”
“We’re definitely not staying here,” the resident added. “Our bedrooms are squishy and there’s water everywhere.”
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Fox News Digital has reached out to the San Francisco Police Department for more information, but has not heard back.