Contractor Had Shut Down Fire Mains, Never Restored Service
A FIRE IN A WOODLAWN, OHIO, APARTMENT COMPLEX went unchecked Sunday night when the fire department discovered that the hydrants had all been shut off. As the firefighters attempted to hold back the fire spread utilizing booster tanks of assisting engines, a supply line was finally established from a hydrant located a half-mile away from the fire.
The 3-alarm fire started around 9 pm Sunday and about 80 firefighters from a dozen departments were able to knock the fire down after an hour. At least 22 units were damaged or destroyed in the brief blaze.
The fire mains that serve the hydrants and the fire sprinklers are owned and maintained by the apartment complex. Woodlawn Fire Chief Rick Mynatt said that the mains were shut off about a month ago to repair a break, and it appears at first that the contractor failed to turn them back on properly.
The Cincinnati Community Press has the details HERE.
WLWT-TV Ch. 5 covered the fire in this video report:
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