Hingham firefighters said they wasted precious seconds digging out a hydrant at the scene of a raging fire that destroyed an East Street home yesterday morning. The hydrant closest to the burning home was still buried from the weekend’s blizzard when firefighters arrived, Fire Chief Mark Duff told the Boston Herald.
“It’s extremely critical this time of year, with the amount of snow on the ground, to get your hydrant shoveled out,” he said, “It would have helped us if we could have got to it a little quicker.”
The perilous delay drew the frustration of state Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, who repeatedly has asked the public to dig out fire hydrants near their homes in the days after the blizzard.
Luckily, everyone was safe and this fire was able to be controlled, but this story serves as a great reminder to everyone to dig out all hydrants near your home!