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Water main break floods West Roxbury rehab center

More than half the patients at a West Roxbury rehabilitation center were forced to evacuate early Friday morning after a water main break flooded the basement with several inches of water, officials said.

Boston firefighters responded to the burst pipe at 12:30 a.m., said Tim Sullivan, spokesman for Spaulding Rehabilitation.

“Because there was no water supply, the fire chief asked us to evacuate to be on the safe side,” Sullivan said in a telephone interview. “About halfway through, they solved the issue, and it was repaired.”

Of the 56 patients at the rehabilitation center, 36 were transported by ambulance to other centers in the area.


Those included Faulkner Hospital, Hebrew SeniorLife center, and another Spaulding Rehabilitation center in the North End.

No injuries were reported.

“All of the patients that were evacuated are either back or are on their way back now,” Sullivan said.

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