Inmate breaks sprinkler, causes water damage at Stearns County Jail

The broken sprinkler caused "major damage" to multiple cells and an elevator.
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Jail Flood 07.06.19

The Stearns County Jail is facing “major water damage” after an inmate broke a sprinkler.

The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says the inmate, believed to be 23-year-old Hobson Kimaiga, of St. Michael, broke a sprinkler head on the second floor on Saturday, July 6.

This in turn caused water to leak into the first floor and basement, causing damage to multiple jail cells and an elevator.

Investigators are currently working on damage estimates, while the Stearns County Attorney's Office will now consider more charges against Kimaiga.

Kimaiga had been booked into the jail the same day on charges of obstructing the legal process and "disruptive intoxication."

"I commend our jail staff along with Stearns County Building Facilities staff for the quick work in responding and containing the water," said Stearns County Sheriff Steve Soyka.

"Without their quick response, the damage could have been more extensive."

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