Firefighters have trouble finding water at house fire

Jared Felkins • Updated Oct 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM

A house fire burned in rural Wilson County as Wilson Emergency Management Agency firefighters searched for a working hydrant early Saturday morning.

WEMA Director John Jewell said a fire broke out at 4:42 a.m. at an unoccupied home at 425 N. Dickerson Road at the corner of Beasley’s Bend and N. Dickerson Road. He said the property is at the Trousdale County line.

Jewell said stations 1, 5, 6 and 8 responded to find the home about 80-percent involved. But he said firefighters had a difficult time finding water as the first two hydrants found were dry.

“I don’t think the availability of water would have had an impact on the outcome,” Jewell said. “It’s not uncommon to find rural hydrants unserviced. The guys said they found a third hydrant they could use.”

Jewell said there was little chance of saving the home. He said most hydrants have a valve used to shut the water off to it to make repairs. He said he wasn’t certain that was the case, but it’s possible.

Jewell also said he wasn’t sure which water authority supplied water to the two hydrants.

“When a home is that involved, meaning it’s fully vented, it takes a lot of water to keep it under control and put it out,” Jewell said.

He said firefighters remained on the scene after the fire was put out, but they couldn’t determine the cause because the home was so badly burned. 

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