Man charged after flooding 7 floors in Qld high-rise apartment

A MAN has been charged with a string of offences after he allegedly deliberately turned on a fire hydrant and flooded seven floors of a Brisbane high-rise.

Police were called to an apartment complex on Wolseley Street in Woolloongabba just before 3am on Saturday to discover “significant” water damage from the seventh floor down to the basement.

“It will be further alleged that fire extinguishers were removed from the walls from eight floors of the apartment complex,” Queensland Police said in a statement.


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All residents of the building were evacuated, with the flooding causing extensive damage to every unit from the seventh floor down, along with walls, flooring, elevator shafts and electrical systems.

Police arrested a 25-year-old Woolloongabba man at the scene, however his motive for the flooding remains a mystery.

He’s been charged with one count each of wilful damage, enter premises and commit an indictable offence, wilful damage, interfere with fire apparatus and contravene a direction.

The man was denied police bail and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday, February 22.

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