A flange, which is at the base of the fire hydrant, was broken and no water would come out of the hydrant, leading firefighters to hook up to two other hydrants that were about 500 feet away, Henderson said.
There had been a problem with the hydrant before.
During a routine check of hydrants on February 21, firefighters discovered the hydrant was not working, Henderson. The problem was reported to the water department and it was reported as being repaired on March 15 and should have been working the day of the fire, according to Henderson.
The home was about 80-percent involved when firefighters arrived and, with the exception of a few seconds when a truck ran out of water and a hose had to be hooked to another truck, there was no time that water was not being put on the fire, according to Henderson.
Four trucks responded to the fire.
The residents were not home but a family dog died in the fire, which was called in by a neighbor.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but no foul play is expected, Henderson said.
He said it is not known how the hydrant’s flange was damaged. It has been repaired and is now working.
“Sometimes people back into them,” Henderson said. “Sometimes it’s normal wear and tear.”
Every fire hydrant is checked twice a year, Henderson said. One is a flow test and the other is a static test.