CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — West Virginia American Water workers are working on the faulty fire hydrants that caused frustration for firefighters during a house fire on May 5.
Workers can be seen working at the intersection of Beech Ave. and Edgewood Drive Thursday.
This comes after a fire on Chester Road Friday that was difficult to put out due to three faulty fire hydrants that had low water pressure. The damage was so severe that the building was demolished on May 6, under 24 hours following the start of the fire.
On Tuesday, city of Charleston leaders told 13 News that they have discussed a plan with West Virginia American Water to fix faulty fire hydrants in the historic Edgewood neighborhood.
“Apparently those checks weren’t being done because we didn’t have any pressure, but I’m glad to see something’s being done, and I think they’ll get to the bottom of it. It’s just a hard way to learn a lesson,” Edgewood resident Bill Sigmon said.
Sigmon continued, “I hope this doesn’t go unnoticed because it was a tragic incident.”
With fire hydrant replacement underway, some Edgewood residents said they are still devastated that one of their neighbors lost his home.
“It was pretty scary to think that you wouldn’t find out until there was a problem, that there was a problem with the hydrants,” Edgewood resident John Simpson said.
Simpson said he owned a home on Chester Road that would have been serviced by the same hydrants that failed last week.
He said now knowing the hydrants were not functioning properly is too close of a call.
American Water said they’ve upgraded nearly 11 miles of water mains and fire hydrants in Charleston since 2017.
The other two fire hydrants that failed last week will be replaced starting Monday, according to American Water.