Firefighters Face Flames Without Working Hydrants

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Firefighters were called out to St. Stanislaus Church Sunday at about 4 pm. Witnesses said a home next door to the church was destroyed by flames but fortunately no one was home at the time.

Crews responding to the scene faced bitter cold, intense heat and fire hydrants not functioning properly.
They encountered one that was out of order and another with low pressure.

After reaching out to other hydrants they managed to keep the fire from spreading to the church which is a historical landmark. Firefighters said the city's outdated water system is to blame for the malfunctioning hydrants.

The cause of the fire at Dubois and Hendrie is under investigation now.

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