All 3 hydrants frozen – lack of water pressure affects ability to fight another Abilene house fire


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Abilene fire fighters had difficulty fighting another house fire due to a lack of water pressure because of frozen hydrants.

The fire happened at a home on the 2200 block of S 7th Street around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

A family of four was able to escape without injury, but the home suffered extensive damage on the top floor.

KTAB and KRBC crew members at the scene heard fire fighters complaining about the water level.

Fire officials later confirmed all three hydrants they tapped were frozen, likely the result of sustained power and water outages the City of Abilene has been experiencing since Sunday.

They were, however, able to fight the fire by using another water source.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

This is the second Abilene home to burn due to lack of water within the past few days.

Monday night, fire fighters had to watch as a home on the 1200 block of Cedar Crest Drive burned.

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