Fire Hydrant Problems

By: Julie Maloney Email
By: Julie Maloney Email

Officials say an eastern Kentucky soldier's home that burned to the ground could have been saved.

The Letcher County soldier just returned from Iraq only to see his parent's home, where he still lived part of the time in ashes.

Investigators say the blaze was started after a fire bomb was thrown into the home.

They also say the fire might not have been as bad if a fire hydrant near the home had actually worked.

"They said it wouldn't work, they said it wouldn't work," Debbie Scott said.

Debbie Scott says she's concerned after her neighbors home burned down

She says some of the home could have been saved if this fire hydrant worked.

"Look at where it's at. It's sad to think they might have saved part of it," Scott said.

Officials say the fire hydrant is just forty-feet from the home.

Firefighters found it didn't work and had to start bringing in water from a nearby creek.

"They had to go up the road to get the water out of the creek," Scott said.

"There was a lot of water used on that, probably between thirty and forty thousand gallons," Jim Burnett said.

WYMT spoke with several fire officials in Letcher County, they wouldn't go on camera, but they did tell us they've had several cases where they've arrived at a fire. only to find the fire hydrant doesn't work.

In this case, KSP Arson Investigator Jim Burnett says if the hydrant worked firefighters could have saved some but not all of the home.

Now that one family has lost everything.

Neighbors fear what could happen to their homes in a situation like this.

If you would like to help the family donations can be made to the Hazard Hope Center.

You can also drop them off at the WSGS radio studios.


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