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Firefighters deal with faulty hydrant while fighting fire in Waterbury

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A faulty fire hydrant caused Waterbury firefighters to waste a lot of time when fighting a blaze early Tuesday morning.

The two-alarm fire was reported at a home on Highland Avenue at about 6 a.m.

No injuries were reported.

The fire chief told Eyewitness News when firefighters realized the hydrant wasn't working, they had to spend time taking off the hose from that hydrant to place it on a hydrant that worked a few hundred feet away.

The Waterbury fire chief said the hydrant was either frozen or the pin was sheared.

Waterbury's water department was called out to fix the hydrant.

The home is located near JFK High School; however, firefighters allowed buses and parents to get to the school.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

After the incident Tuesday morning, Eyewitness News talked with Wethersfield Fire Marshal Anthony Dignoti about the issue.

"It does happen," Dignoti said.

In Wethersfield, Metropolitan District Commission workers were out Tuesday unfreezing hydrants.

At least five frozen hydrants were found in the past week.

Dignoti told Eyewitness News can happen this time of year.

"Here in the colder states in the winter, New England, Midwest, anytime you have freezing is an issue," Dignoti said.

It can waste a firefighter's time and energy.

"If we go to a call and we find out that hydrant is frozen, it is going to slow down our response time and find another one and it could endanger people's lives," Dignoti said.

While you don't have much control over a frozen hydrant as a homeowner, you do have control over shoveling out your hydrant. By shoveling out the hydrant, it also saves time for firefighters.

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