Speech to Text for Chief: Not enough water pressure in hydrant as firefighters battle blaze
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strike hits a home in tupelo... good afternoon... i'm emily leonard... this morning's weather is blamed for the house-fire that happened at this home in the palmetto community . firefighters responded the call around 4-a-m... and if you watch... you can still see some of the lightning in the background.. the homeowner says she heard the thunder... then she got a call from her home security provider that the fire alarms were going off. charlene bishop and her pets were able to make it out of the home safely... but there were problems... as fire crews battled the flames. wtva's wayne hereford is live at the house with more.. thanks. we were told by the homeowners as well as a chief with the tupelo fire department a faulty fire hydrant did not have enough water pressure to help fight a house fire. it happened around 4.a.m. "for a long time they couldn't get any water because the fire hydrant across the street, there wasn't enough pressure .so they had to put three thousand feet of hose down to the church." this is the fire hydrant lauren bishop is talking about . and this is the fire hydrant tupelo fire fighters wound up having to run hoses nearly a half a mile to the get water on her grandmother's house fire . the house was struck by lighltning. "for about an hour there wasn't water." the tupelo, verona, and palmetto fire departments responded. the tupelo fire department says the home was already on fire when they arrived on the scene on what they call a mutual aid call. here's what one of tupelo's fire chiefs had to say about the fire hydrant that didn't work properly. "actually the house is outside the tupelo city limits . there's limited water supply in that area . so we had to lay a line back to the nearest hydrant inside of the city. we finally got everything stablized. and we were able to save a portion of the home." we talked by phone to a palmetto fireman who says they responded too to bring more water to the fire. but the question remains who is responsible for the fire hydrant that had low water pressure.? neither the city of tupelo, city of verona , nor palmetto fire department say its theirs. the house is located on sort of a "no-mans land" area of lee county right on the verona- tupelo city limits . but the homeowner did say her drive way is on the of a "no-mans land" area of lee county right on the verona- tupelo city limits . but the homeowner did say her drive way is on the palmetto community line. at any rate, the fire hydrant has low water pressure. reporting live from lee county wayne hereford wtva nine news. columbus