By Progress Staff

Eastern’s Division of Public Safety is investigating the cause of a flood in Dupree Hall Friday afternoon which resulted in minor damage to some rooms. Lance Bartholomew, a residential coordinator in Dupree Hall, said a sprinkler head burst on the fourth floor, resulting in flooding on the fourth, third and second floors.

Tom Lindquist, director of Public Safety, said the sprinkler head burst around 2:19 p.m. Lindquist said a student has taken blame for the mishap, but Public Safety is still investigating the cause. The case is classified as criminal mischief, he said.

Lindquist said he could not estimate the extent of the damage at this time, but said in addition to water damage, the flooding possibly caused damage to the building’s fire alarm system, elevators, etc.

June Lee, a sophomore music performance major from Cincinnati, lives on the third floor in Dupree Hall. Her room was damaged in the flood.

Lee said she was forced to evacuate the building for several hours and when she returned to her room later Friday night, a majority of her belongings had been ruined, including her laptop computer and VCR.

“Everything was dripping wet,” Lee said.

Lee said Monday she already had done 12 loads of laundry and still had more to do. She was able to use a laundry facility in Case Hall for free.