Aging firefighting infrastructure raises safety concerns

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BETHLEHEM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – One month after a fire destroyed an apartment building leaving one man dead and several others homeless, residents nearby have safety concerns.

Fire investigators say they had issues with water pressure when attempting to draw water from some of the hydrants. 

One hydrant in particular was stuck shut, and firefighters broke it attempting to open it. 

During the course of battling the blaze, the amount of water being drawn broke a nearby water main as well. 

Residents in the Meadowbrook neighborhood are worried the problems could cause issues if there’s another fire nearby. They also say all fire hydrants should be flushed more often. 

The Comissioner of Public Works for the Town of Bethlehem says it’s tough battling aging infrastructure with limited funds to replace it. He says they checked all of the fire hydrants in the neighborhood since the fire. 

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