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Hydrant found working properly after firefighters claim it to be faulty during fire


New Jersey fire crews in Ocean City claim a faulty hydrant hampered efforts to extinguish a house fire on Wednesday night, despite water utility officials claiming that firefighters failed to open the hydrant properly.

OCFD Chief Jim Smith said while he was unsure about the hydrant status but that a New Jersey American Water representative found no issues with the hydrant.

Smith noted that bypassing the troublesome hydrant did not hinder firefighting operations.

Water Company spokeswoman Denise Venuti Free said an employee was on the scene at the time of the hydrant failure.

“He said when the firemen opened the hydrant, they saw water at ground level and assumed the hydrant wasn’t operating correctly. The hydrant was/is operational, and just needed to be opened all the way,” Venuti Free said.

According to Press of Atlantic City, Smith said the firefighters simply used another hydrant.

“We have an excellent hydrant system in town, but time is everything” when fighting a fire, Smith said.

Smith noted that the main issue was simply preventing the house next door to the burning home from catching fire as well.


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