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Would a countywide hydrant system help firefighters?

By Bianca Montes
Feb. 16, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 15, 2014 at 8:16 p.m.

Firefighters continue to put water on a house fire that quickly was reduced to bare bones  Jan. 22.

In late January, a small home in the 500 block of River Road caught fire and burned to the ground.

The homeowner was not only devastated by the loss of her home and the decades of memories destroyed in the flames but also at the time it took for a fire truck to arrive to the scene.

It took 13 minutes.

The home was located just outside of the city line in Victoria County, and fire trucks traveled from 3 to 10 miles to the home, leaving the home owner wondering what more could have been done to save her house.

According to fire statistics released by the Victoria Fire Department in 2010 - current numbers are not available - the department responded to 129 county fires in addition to 264 city fires.

Response times on county fires were not released.

Would a full hydrant system throughout the county be an efficient alternative?

Related story:

Pro: Fire hydrant system would have saved home

Con: Fire official: A fire hydrant on every corner would be financially irresponsible

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