Catamount Road Fire Stresses Importance Of Shoveling Out Hydrants
Feb 09, 2015 12:42PM
● By Bill Gilman
Most firefighters will tell you the most difficult time of the year to fight a fire is winter.
Ice on the roads, accumulations of snow, bitter cold all contribute to making their jobs more difficult when it comes to trying to save life and property.
Tewksbury firefighters found themselves in such a challenging situation last week when they responded to an early-morning fire at 118 Catamount Road. Fire Chief Mike Hazel was quoted in the Town Crier as saying the temperature was around 6 degrees when firefighters arrived on scene around 3:30 a.m.
While the weather created complications, one problem the firefighters did not have to deal with was a buried hydrant. They were able to locate one that was almost completely dug out, making the process of hooking up the hoses much faster.
For this reason, Fire Department officials remind residents that they can help in a big way by shoveling out the hydrants near their home after a storm, as well as clearing a path to the hydrants, as every second counts.
Unfortunately, in the case of the Catamount Road fire, the single-family home was almost fully engulfed by the time firefighters arrived and it was completely destroyed. However, there were no injuries.
According to town records, the 22-year-old home, which has an assessed value of just over $507,000, is owned by Mary Anne Pham.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.