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Home Saved by Neighborhood-Bought Fire Hydrant

Home Saved by Neighborhood-Bought Fire Hydrant

CREATED Jan 24, 2014

by Jason Lamb

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A Rutherford County neighborhood is thankful for a valuable tool that likely kept a devastating fire from spreading to other homes. 

Hundreds of homes in the county don't have access to fire hydrants. That was the case off Orchard Park Drive until about two years ago when neighbors decided to take matters into their own hands.

The neighbors pooled their money and paid to install a fire hydrant after another home went up in flames. That home is now a vacant lot. Their decision might have very well saved a home or two this week.

A fire on Wednesday destroyed the garage to one house, but without the hydrant, residents said the damage could have been much worse. 

Without the hydrant, firefighters would have had to truck in water to fight the blaze. Because fire crews were able to get water on it so quickly, the damage was limited to the garage.

Neighbors said they were surprised their investment was put to use so soon, but they're glad they made the decision to put it in.

"Everyone contributed, so as a result we have a fire hydrant placed close enough to reach the rest of the homes on this street," said Orchard Park Drive resident Janie King.

No one was hurt in the fire. Investigators said an electrical problem might have started it, which is the same thing that started the fire next door three years ago.

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