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Questions about dry fire hydrant remain

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A bag and bucket were placed on the hydrant to signal that it is dry. A bag and bucket were placed on the hydrant to signal that it is dry.

Questions linger about an empty fire hydrant discovered by firefighters trying to put out a mobile home fire in Triana Wednesday.

Investigators have yet to determine what caused the fire and the Madison Fire Marshal is now investigating why the fire hydrant they attempted to tap was dry. The fire marshal said the department only runs into a problem like this every decade or so.

The Triana Fire Department is responsible for checking all of the hydrants in that area. According to the National Fire Protection Association, all hydrants should be checked a minimum of once a year.

However, the city water department is responsible for water flow to the hydrants. 

The fire department is looking into the possibility of nearby construction or maintenance crews cutting off the hydrant's supply. For now, the department placed a bag and bucket over the dry hydrant to signal it is not working.

In the case of Wednesday's fire, crews were able to tap another hydrant about the same distance the other direction. However, the home was a total loss. No one was injured.

A phone call to the Triana Fire Chief was not returned. A call to the city's water department was also placed, but the manager was out of the office Friday.

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