Property owners must keep private hydrants maintained


Firefighters could not get enough water to flow from this fire hydrant in the Center Grove Estates mobile home community last month while fighting a fire. Property owners, including in apartment complexes, factories, warehouses, and large shopping centers, are responsible for the maintenance of fire hydrants on their property. Without proper care these hydrants could malfunction or not work properly during an emergency. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

As firefighters arrived at a mobile home fire in the Center Grove area last month, they jumped out of the engine and prepared to hook equipment to the nearest hydrant.

The owner of the mobile home community, Center Grove Estates, had not properly maintained the hydrant, and nowhere near enough water was coming out of it, White River Township Fire Chief Jeremy Pell said. The White River Township Fire Department was forced to use water off a tanker truck, causing a slight delay in fighting the fire.

More than 350 private hydrants are spread throughout the county and are generally found in apartment complexes, factories, warehouses and large shopping centers where there is typically no public road close enough to put a hydrant.

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