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Fire hydrant problems may have caused house to burn longer

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We now know more about the house fire in Ogden that kept firefighters busy for hours yesterday. Fire fighters were at the home on Privateer Court in the Snug Harbor sub-division for over five hours trying to put out the blaze, but it may not have taken as long if all the equipment was working properly. New Hanover County deputy fire marshal Ray Griswold said, "The roof had heavy heat damage cause the fire went up the outside then into the attic and into void areas, into the walls, so there's a lot of structural damage to it." The damage may not have been as sever if the closest fire hydrant was working. The New Hanover County department of fire services is supposed to check the hydrants every six months, to make sure they're working. If not, it's up to the city to make the repairs. "We do know today that they were notified that there's a problem out there and they are supposed to be out there to check and find out why the hydrant didn't work," said Griswold. City officials checked out the hydrant in question, and found its water valve had been turned off. They have not been able to determine who turned it off, or when, because there have been a number of different agencies working on projects in the area. Officials say the valve is back on and working fine. The deputy fire marshal says the fire started on the back porch, but the actual cause is still under investigation. He says the fire department tries to train for every situation and have a plan B just in case the first option doesn't work.

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