Charges: Bored inmate messing with fire sprinkler floods jail
FIFE, Wash. -- A bored inmate messing with his cell's fire sprinkler ended up flooding part of the Fife Jail, shutting down its operations for 45 minutes Tuesday night, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.
According to the charging documents, the fire alarm and sprinkler inside Cell 253 activated around 10:30 p.m. Water poured out of the cell, flooding the hallway and running into other cells.
Surveillance video showed the cell's occupant, 25-year-old Jason Pierce, sitting on the cell's top bunk and fiddling with the sprinkler head right before it went off, according to the charging documents.
Pierce, who was removed from the cell when the sprinkler went off, reportedly told Fife Police Department officers he was bored so he started messing with a metal tab on the sprinkler.
According to the charging documents, Pierce admitted to bending two metal bars meant to prevent the sprinkler from accidentally going off but said he didn't know what would happen. He said the sprinkler started to leak before completely exploding.
All told, four cells were flooded, four mattresses were completely soaked, and the jail was unable to accept new inmates until 11:15 p.m.
Pierce has been charged with malicious mischief, and "Orange is the New Black" writers have a new plotline for next season.