The fire department first responded to a call at 5 a.m. reporting a burning smell at the inn, but they did not find the cause. At 7:45 a.m., the department responded to a second call when the box alarm was set off by the burst pipe.
The entire hotel was evacuated, and at least 30 rooms showed moderate to extensive water damage, according to Richards. The lobby, where the ceiling collapsed, also had significant damage.
“The lobby is completely out of commission right now,” Richards said.
All residents at the inn were placed in other hotels in the area. The Hampton Inn, located at Hendel Drive and Route 27, will remain closed for business until the ceiling is repaired.
The Stonington Police Department, along with firefighters from Mystic, Quiambaug, Montville, Waterford and East Lyme also responded to the call. Richards estimated that it took responders about three hours to remove the water from the building using water vacuum equipment.