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Questions have been raised about the conditions of the Village of Erie's fire hydrants following a large fire there Wednesday.

The fire destroyed an old feed mill used to store tools and other equipment.

TV-6 Investigates is looking deeper into the situation because the fire department says one hydrant was difficult to open during the fight.

A meeting has been scheduled between the city and the fire district, to address hydrant concerns.

The fire hydrant in question was one of the main lines serving fire trucks as firefighters tried to douse the flames.

The fire chief says the side caps came off fine, but the valve to open up the water on top, was stuck.

He wasn't near the hydrant but says it added a couple of minutes of time.

TV-6 Investigates tracked down the radio logs, and heard the desperation for water during the fight.

"We want to make sure when we pull up that we can use any hydrant," says Erie Fire Chief Doug Rutledge.

He can't remember having any problems with fire hydrants in the past, but he says Wednesday's hydrant caused more than a headache.

"Normally they open up fairly easy but this one was a little tougher," says Rutledge.

Radio recordings captured the need for water as the fire quickly grew larger.

"Portable one, portable three, this fire's really taking off on this fourth or fifth floor."

"Can you get a tanker from Lyndon, Prophetstown and Hillsdale coming to this location?"

Rutledge says, "It became pretty obvious pretty quick we weren't going to be able to save it, it was too much."

"We need all the tankers we can get!" recorded one radio transmission.

Rutledge can't recall exactly how long it took to get the hydrant flowing, but he says with all fires, minutes count.

"I think it took them a couple minutes you know, by the time they got the hose across there to it, I think within two, three minutes they had it opened up."

Erie's public works superintendent didn't want to go on camera saying he was a little camera shy, but he says they do check these fire hydrants every six months when they flush them, and if they do find problems, they fix them right away.

"We'd like to check several of them to make sure that we're going to be able to use them when we ned them," says Rutledge.

He showed TV-6 the tension he prefers on a hydrant near the station.

"That's the way we prefer, just open 'em up."

Easy to twist, just a little more than finger tight. He says some fire hydrants may need some grease added and extra paint removed.

"That's supposed to slide, it had too many years of paint," says Rutledge.

Because during a fire, his crews don't have time to fix a non working hydrant.

"I'm going to use one, I'm going to go to the hydrant over here by grass house and lay hose to my location over here to make a hydrant for me right here."

"We're ready to charge the hydrant, charge the hydrant, charge the hydrant, when you're ready, hydrant charge."

"Open the hydrant, open the hydrant!"

The building's owner doesn't believe the fire hydrants used have been checked recently.

TV-6 Investigates has filed an extensive Freedom of Information Act request with the Village.

We're asking for any kind of records showing flushing dates, repairs, or when any work was performed.

We'll follow up on this story when that FOIA request comes back through.

The fire chief and the mayor plan to meet early next week.

The chief says he just wants to offer any help to the village he can.

He says the two groups have long had a productive relationship.

 

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