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December 27, 2013

Basement floods at Hotel Saranac

SARANAC LAKE — A waterline broke at the Hotel Saranac and flooded a lower basement.

The building is poised for interior demolition and infrastructure repairs by new owners.

The break was discovered on Christmas Eve at about 10:24 a.m., prompting pumper crews from the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department to assist.

Firefighters spent much of Christmas Eve removing water from the cellar, according to response logs. Their equipment was officially back in service at 7 p.m.

Kristen Hagerman, spokeswoman for Roedel Companies, which just bought the hotel, said cleanup is underway.

“A sprinkler line froze and broke, and there has been some flooding in a lower basement area. Water has been shut off and the cleanup is in progress. 

"There is no known damage right now, as all the water was located in a lower basement area, away from everything,” she said Thursday via email.

Hotel Saranac’s new owner Fred Roedel III is confident that the structure, though in need of repair, is sound. He recently outlined the renovation schedule in an onsite tour with the Press-Republican.

The landmark downtown hotel changed hands earlier this month and has been closed since the end of October.

Previous water damage to the ballroom and first-floor ceilings from rooms above is evident.

New owners  have begun to bring in design teams and demolition crews for a projected $13 million restoration of the property.

Email Kim Smith Dedam at: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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