Hundreds of people had to leave their apartments in a high-rise building in Berlin because of a defective water pipe. A valve that broke out on Saturday evening led to significant water damage on the eleventh floor of the 20-storey high-rise building on Leipziger Strasse, as a spokesman for the fire brigade announced on Sunday – at times one could observe from the outside how water had run down the facade of the building.

The responsible district office in Mitte decided to clear the building for security reasons. According to the information, police and fire brigade forces brought around 200 people to safety by early Sunday morning, and around 300 people are said to live in the house.

The residents were brought to Tegel Airport with the support of the Berlin transport company, where they were accommodated in hotels, among other things, it said.

According to the information from Sunday, the police and fire brigade were on site with around 70 emergency services. It was not immediately clear how long the operation would last. (dpa)