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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Friday fire aftermath, plus question of hydrants

Map shows location of fire and nearest hydrants.

Remarkably, the adjacent buildings appear to have escaped damage.
After a 4-hour battle, Plainfield's Fire Division and companies responding in mutual aid got the fire in the 400-block of West 2nd Street under control.

In these pictures taken yesterday afternoon, the building is completely gone. Thanks to the barrage of water, neither of the neighboring houses appears to be damaged.

In answer to the several people who noted long lines of hose apparent in the TV helicopter news footage, I surveyed the area and note the three nearest hydrants on the map above -- one within a hundred feet or so. There were more just past the train tracks and on Front Street. Doesn't seem like there was any lack of water.


-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

In the earky years of Plainfield the City engineer was a Fire Marshall and he installed hydrants every hundred feet or so

juggler314 said...

They were probably tapping multiple hydrants, the pipes under the ground are big enough to feed at least a few simultaneously at full force. So you can get more water in total (if you've got lots of fire trucks) by tapping multiple hyrants.

Anonymous said...

It was not a lack of hydrants, but a lack of water pressure