Fire makes residents call for closer hydrants

June 17, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Stephanie Kolb woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of fire crews racing down her street. When she saw them outside of her neighbor's house, she ran outside.

"They did everything that they could to prevent it from getting worse...but I think if there were some fire hydrants that maybe might have been a little closer and not so far apart...it could have possibly helped out," Kolb said.

We wanted to see just how far away the nearest hydrant was from the site of last night's fire.

Our odometer showed that they closest hydrant was around two tenths of a mile away or about 1,056 feet.

According to the Georgia State Fire Code Standard, the minimum distance from a hydrant should be 500 feet.

But we spoke with Fire Marshal Jason Beard, and he said the 500 feet rule doesn't apply because McDade Farm Road is considered rural.

Rural areas only require a hydrant every 1000 feet; meaning the one on McDade Road just meets the standard.

But neighbors like Kolb still wish they were just a little bit closer.

"They did everything that they could do to prevent it from getting worse...but I think if there were some fire hydrants that maybe might have been a little closer and not so far apart...then it could have possibly helped out," Kolb said.


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