MANSFIELD TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – A woman was charged after she allegedly set off a sprinkler causing the Quality Inn hotel to flood, police said Wednesday.
On September 7, at 2:54 a.m., police and fire responded to the Quality Inn on the report of a water flow alarm and possible fire. When officers arrived they observed heavy flooding from the activation of the sprinkler system and traced the activation to room 108, police said.
The hotel was evacuated and all residents were relocated to another hotel due to the heavy damage caused by the flooding, police said.
It was determined that a 21-year-old female had tampered with the sprinkler head in that room causing the activation. Razor blades also had been affixed to the inside door handle of room 108 where the woman was staying, police said.
She was charged with third-degree recklessly causing widespread injury or damage and third-degree criminal mischief. She was then lodged in the Warren County Jail pending a court appearance, police said.
The hotel remains closed, police said.