Detroit home burns as firefighters struggle to find usable hydrants

It's a story we've heard before in Detroit: a family's home is lost and city crews say faulty fire hydrants are to blame.

The fire ripped through the home on Sorrento Tuesday morning. With the flames spreading to everything they own, the family got out safely as firefighters arrived. The problem? They had a hard time finding usable fire hydrants. Tina Brooks lives nearby and says she watched them fight to get a hydrant to work.

"It wasn't working last night. When we looked out window they went down the street to use the fire hydrant." Brooks said.

The house... Now barely standing. Some residents say they want the city to check fire hydrants and make sure they're working properly

"We need the fire hydrants," Sharon Bennett said. "You've got to fight fire.That's the only way you can fight them you can't use my hose off side of my house."  

Tuesday afternoon, a few hours after the fire, Crews from Detroit's water and sewerage department were checking on the hydrants. That makes residents happy but they wish it would have been done sooner.

"It should have been done before it got cold," Brooks said "Before it gets cold they should check all fire hydrants 

There's another one in the next block, is that one working? Maybe they'll go check it," Bennett said.

The Detroit Fire Department released this statement in response to Tuesday's problems:

"When firefighters arrived at the scene on Sorrento they did have some difficulty connecting to a working hydrant.  We are working closely with the Water Department to address the hydrants on that block as soon as possible. The Water Department also is working to determine whether there are any other non-working hydrants in that area so it can address them as well."

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