Water vol­ume is­sues hin­dered fire­fight­ers

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF news@cb­post.com

The fire at the for­mer St. Agnes School in New Water­ford was well un­der­way when fire­fight­ers ar­rived on scene at 8:30 a.m. and is­sues get­ting water from the hy­drants in the area made stop­ping the blaze a chal­lenge.

Matt Haw­ley, deputy chief of the New Water­ford Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, con­firms they couldn’t get enough water vol­ume to get the pres­sure needed for the hoses.

“The trucks them­selves can make the pres­sure,” he ex­plains. “They just need the water vol­ume and we weren’t get­ting that from the hy­drants there.

“When Glace Bay got there with their aerial, they take two fire hy­drants. So with them and the al­ready low vol­ume we couldn’t get more water from other hy­drants there.”

Fire trucks had to go to dif­fer­ent ar­eas of New Water­ford to get the water needed to fight the inferno.

“It was in the walls and ev­ery­thing when we got there,” says Haw­ley. He es­ti­mates the fire had prob­a­bly started a cou­ple of hours be­fore they were called.

Haw­ley also says that area of New Water­ford is known to have some prob­lems with water vol­ume and he thinks work is be­ing done to rec­tify that prob­lem.

Calls to Greg Penny, man­ager of water oper­a­tions for the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mun­ci­pal­ity Water Util­ity, weren’t re­turned by dead­line.

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