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Truck blocks fire hydrant during Wayne County blaze

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A blocked fire hydrant could have had dangerous consequences during an early morning fire, according to firefighters.

The fire broke out shortly after 3:30 a.m. at a two-story house right off of Crum Road in Wayne County

"We could have laid 200 feet of hose, had plenty of water supply, and been able to get on the fire faster. We had to end up laying 1000 feet of hose," said Timmy Preece, Assistance Chief for Kermit Volunteer Fire Department.

Preece said there is a reason you aren't supposed to park in front of fire hydrants.

The neighbor came out and offered to move his truck. By that time, firefighters had already come up with a different plan and hooked up to the hydrant down the street.

Preece said fire hydrants could be a lifesaver to someone in danger.

"It makes it so much harder. It would have been bad if we would have had someone trapped in the house. It would have made it that much worse on us," Preece said.

Anyone with information about how it started is encouraged to call the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's arson hotline at 1-800-233-FIRE.