Update: Fire chief says lack of hydrant delayed firefighting in Johnston

  • Source: WPRI-TV FOX 12
  • Published: 05/13/2019 09:28 AM

VIDEO: Efforts to contain a powerful, gasoline-fed fire at a house in Johnston were made more difficult by a lack of water, according to the fire chief. Chief Peter Lamb said the home at 1 Finne Road was already engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on Sunday. But it then took at least ten minutes to get water on the fire because the neighborhood doesn’t have any fire hydrants. “The nearest fire hydrant that would be in a logical direction was about 3,800 feet away,” Lamb said. That hydrant is on Sanderson Road in Smithfield. “Our trucks carry 1,300 feet of hose, so it took us about four fire trucks to complete this lay.” The water pressure proved low, leading firefighters to pivot to another Smithfield hydrant in an industrial park behind the Johnston home. Access was impeded by woods and a fence, adding more precious minutes to the job.


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