Officials, residents look into hydrant flaws

City councilors and residents are looking for answers as to why fire hydrants in the area of a recent Hancock Street blaze were either not working or lacked sufficient water pressure when firefighters tried to use them. The fire, which began on the afternoon of March 30, spread quickly and destroyed three homes, displacing seven adults and two children. Deputy Fire Chief John Marsh said his crew was nearby and able to reach the scene quickly, , but found the hydrants to be nonfunctioning; pumper trucks from area departments were then called in to relay water in from hydrants on Water Street. City officials are now looking into working with Water Department representatives to test all city hydrants.