Tuesday 28 March 2017

Leaking US house dials for help

With nobody on hand to phone the emergency services, a house apparently called the police itself
With nobody on hand to phone the emergency services, a house apparently called the police itself

An empty house in the US has somehow called police for help after a pipe leaked for months, causing its floors to buckle and ceilings to sag.

The call to police was made from a house in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on Wednesday after water short-circuited the phone system, apparently sparking the emergency call, the Salem News reported.

Officers were sent to the address after the call was recorded as a hang up and a return call was met with static.

Inside, they found the wreckage, including potentially toxic mould, from a pipe that apparently burst during the winter.

Town officials say the interior may have to be gutted.

Police could not immediately locate owner James Cowen. His cousin, William Cowen, said he is not worried. He said James was left financially secure by his father and often travels.

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