Neighbors upset about faulty hydrant
BATON ROUGE - One neighborhood found out the hard way that a fire hydrant in their area doesn't work
Thursday night, flames ripped through a home in north Baton Rouge, destroying it. When firefighters tried to connect to the fire hydrant near the house on Wayne Drive, it didn't work.
There are more than 5600 fire hydrants in Baton Rouge, and according to the fire department only 12 of them do not work. That's not including the Wayne Street hydrant, though.
"It's like wow, you expecting this, but not getting it. What are we paying for," said John Varmall, who lives in the neighborhood.
The fire department said they don't do routine checks because the Baton Rouge Water Company is responsible for the hydrants. The water company, meanwhile, says the wait until the fire department and Public Works notify them that a faulty hydrant has been found.
Residents want the problem fixed before another fire sweeps through the neighborhood.
"Please get out here and make sure all of our water hydrants work, not just on this street, but every street in this neighborhood," said Varmall.
The fire department says this incident didn't have a significant impact on Thursday night's fire because firefighters were able to connect to another hydrant on the street.