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Berzett road neighbors want to see a nearby fire hydrant

Limestone County fire fighters told WAAY 31 the closest hydrant is a mile and a half away.

Posted: Nov 1, 2017 6:57 PM
Updated: Nov 1, 2017 9:06 PM

Neighbors are speaking out about a lack of hydrants after a deadly fire WAAY 31 told you about earlier this week in Limestone County.

Neighbors on Berzett Road believe Cathy Cater died in the fire. But investigators still haven't released her name.

Limestone County fire fighters told WAAY 31 the closest hydrant is a mile and a half away. It took firefighters 8 hours to put out all the flames in this week's deadly fire.

Dale Coffman who lives on Berzett Road said he wishes there was a closer fire hydrant.

"She had a fire down here last year. Her garage building had burnt down. The fire department came out then which they had plenty of water, I guess just for that," said Dale Coffman.

Chief Lance Pitts with the Pinley Chapel volunteer fire department said in 2011, the county passed an ordinance allowing people to buy a fire hydrant for $2,000 and have a county contractor install it.

The county's water authority didn't return our call or email asking why the county isn't paying for the hydrants.

"Everybody, I think have talked about it around here. But they keep saying there's a 3 inch water line down the whole road there.
They say it's not big enough to carry a water hydrant," Coffman said.

Pitts said they'll need at least a 5 or 6 inch water line. Because of the dead end, it'll have to go on another street.

"This is a dead end road. I'd imagine that if they did put up fire hydrants, it'll be on Holt road. I don't know if it'll come down through here or not, but it'll help and be closer," Coffman said.

Pitts also said Monday's fire kept growing because there was no nearby hydrant.

Fire fighters rotated 8 trucks to put the fire out.

The narrow road and dead end took up time for them to get back to Highway 251 for the hydrant.

"I was wondering that in the beginning. I didn't realize that the water was their problem back there.They was saying they couldn't put it out because they didn't have enough water," Coffman said.

Pitts also said because there was a body inside the house, they had to be extra careful when putting the fire. They did not want to destroy a crime scene.

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