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Hotel owner uses personal house to help patrons

Phil McCabe, left, owner of the Inn on Fifth and and McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill, talks to hotel guests Senator Joe Brannigan of Maine and his wife, Claire, after they used the bathrooms and showers in his personal home Friday. McCabe offered the use of the bathrooms in his home a couple of blocks from the hotel because the hotel has no hot water due to a ruptured natural gas line in Fort Myers. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Phil McCabe, left, owner of the Inn on Fifth and and McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill, talks to hotel guests Senator Joe Brannigan of Maine and his wife, Claire, after they used the bathrooms and showers in his personal home Friday. McCabe offered the use of the bathrooms in his home a couple of blocks from the hotel because the hotel has no hot water due to a ruptured natural gas line in Fort Myers. Lexey Swall/Staff

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  • Phil McCabe, center, shows hotel guests and New Jersey residents Georgette O'Donnell and her boyfriend John Miliotis a bathroom they can use in McCabe's home Friday afternoon. McCabe, owner of the Inn on Fifth and and McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill, offered the use of the bathrooms and showers in his personal home to his hotel guests because the hotel has no hot water due to a ruptured natural gas line in Fort Myers. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Claire Brannigan,right, and her husband, Senator Joe Brannigan of Maine, take a shuttle to the home of Phil McCabe on Friday afternoon to use his showers because the hotel has no hot water due to a ruptured natural gas line in Fort Myers. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Maria Poot, a housekeeping employee at The Inn on Fifth, does hotel laundry at the home of hotel owner Phil McCabe on Friday afternoon. Because of a ruptured natural gas line in Fort Myers, the hotel has not hot water. McCabe is doing all of the hotel's laundry in his personal home a couple of blocks away from the hotel. He also offered the use of the bathrooms and showers in his personal home to his hotel guests.  Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Phil McCabe, center, shows hotel guests and New Jersey residents Georgette O'Donnell and her boyfriend John Miliotis, right, a bathroom they can use in McCabe's home Friday afternoon. McCabe, owner of the Inn on Fifth and and McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill, offered the use of the bathrooms and showers in his personal home to his hotel guests because the hotel has no hot water due to a ruptured natural gas line in Fort Myers. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Claire Brannigan, left, peaks around the corner to talk to her husband, Senator Joe Brannigan of Maine, before they shower in the home of Phil McCabe on Friday afternoon. McCabe, owner of the Inn on Fifth and and McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill, offered the use of the bathrooms and showers in his personal home to his hotel guests because the hotel has no hot water due to a ruptured natural gas line in Fort Myers. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Senator Joe Brannigan of Maine, a guest at the hotel the Inn on Fifth, shaves in one of five bathrooms at Phil McCabe's home on Friday evening in Naples. McCabe, owner of the Inn on Fifth and and McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill, offered the use of the bathrooms and showers in his personal home to his hotel guests because the hotel has no hot water. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Phil McCabe, owner of the Inn on Fifth and and McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill, talks to hotel guests Senator Joe Brannigan of Maine and his wife, Claire, after they used the bathrooms and showers in his personal home Friday. McCabe offered the use of the bathrooms in his home a couple of blocks from the hotel because the hotel has no hot water due to a ruptured natural gas line in Fort Myers. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Phil McCabe, owner of the Inn on Fifth and and McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill, talks to hotel guests Senator Joe Brannigan of Maine and his wife, Claire, after they used the bathrooms and showers in his personal home Friday. McCabe offered the use of the bathrooms in his home a couple of blocks from the hotel because the hotel has no hot water due to a ruptured natural gas line in Fort Myers. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Phil McCabe, left, owner of the Inn on Fifth and and McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill, talks to hotel guests Senator Joe Brannigan of Maine and his wife, Claire, after they used the bathrooms and showers in his personal home Friday. McCabe offered the use of the bathrooms in his home a couple of blocks from the hotel because the hotel has no hot water due to a ruptured natural gas line in Fort Myers. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Maria Poot, a housekeeping employee at The Inn on Fifth, does takes laundry out of the home of hotel owner Phil McCabe on Friday afternoon. Because of a ruptured natural gas line in Fort Myers, the hotel has not hot water. McCabe is doing all of the hotel's laundry in his personal home a couple of blocks away from the hotel. He also offered the use of the bathrooms and showers in his personal home to his hotel guests.  Lexey Swall/Staff
  • A sign on the front desk of the Inn on Fifth explains to guests that Phil McCabe, owner of the Inn on Fifth and and McCabe's Irish Pub and Grill, offered the use of the bathrooms and showers in his personal home to his hotel guests because the hotel has no hot water. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Alma Sanchez, left, a housekeeper at the Inn on Fifth, and Walter Hurtado, right, who works in maintenance at the hotel, unload clean laundry and folds them after shuttling the linens from the hotel to owner, Phil McCabe's house on Gulf Shore Boulevard on Nov. 12, 2010. The hotel had to scramble to figure out ways to continue service for their guests after a natural gas shutdown occurred all over Southwest Florida on Thursday. Greg Kahn/Staff
  • A sign at the front desk of the Inn on Fifth lets guests know that the owner of the hotel, Phil McCabe, would allow them to use one of the five showers at his home in Naples while the hot water remained out because of a shutdown of the natural gas in the area. Greg Kahn/Staff

When the natural gas pumped into thousands of businesses and residents ran dry, Inn on 5th owner Phil McCabe stepped in and offered the use of his house. Patrons took hot showers in his house and hotel employees used his laundry dryers to keep fresh linens flowing.

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