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Neighbors Frustrated Over Covered Up Fire Hydrant During House Fire in West Ocean City

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WEST OCEAN CITY, Md.-It was a busy Thursday night for fire crews as they responded to two separate fires in Worcester County.


The first one happened in Ocean Pines in the in the Saint Martin's River on the Bay complex on River View Drive. A two-story home there was destroyed.
Witnesses told WBOC everyone made it out safely.


The second happened minutes after around 7:30 p.m. in West Ocean City at the intersection of Old Bridge and Golf Course Roads.


The homeowners, Brian and Jennifer Pusey said they got out safely but when firefighters got to the scene they couldn't hook up to a fire hydrant in the front yard.

     
Pusey said it's been sitting covered up for a year and a half.


"Reality is setting in today," Mr. Pusey said.


It's a reality the couple said that could have been eased if the fire hydrant worked.


"I would say they would have been able to get water on the fire a lot quicker," he said.


Mr. Pusey said instead crews were forced to pull water hoses a quarter mile out in two different directions trying to hook up the water hoses to other hydrants.


"I was told by a worker that they were going to replace them or do something to them and that was over a year ago and they still haven't," he said.


Mr. Pusey wasn't the only one who wondered why the hydrant had been sitting covered up for that long. 


Charlene Battaglia who lives right across the street witnessed the horrific scene. She too was asking who is responsible for checking up on neighborhood fire hydrants.


"It's very frustrating, very," Battaglia, "it could've been my house and I pay enough taxes in my life, it's something that always should be kept up on."
Jennifer Pusey couldn't stop the tears from streaming down her face and just like her husband she wondered if a working fire hydrant could've saved their dream home from so much damage.

 
"I thought it was a good thing that you'd have a fire hydrant in your front yard, but it wasn't not for us," said Mrs. Pusey, "I didn't think that I would needed to work, but I would say to someone else if you have a fire hydrant that doesn't work make sure you follow through and find out what is wrong with it and when are they going to fix it because you might need it and it could be very beneficial."


WBOC wanted to help the community get those answers so we reached out to the Ocean City Public Works Department, the fire marshal in Worcester County and the county's public works department. Our calls and messages however were have not been returned as of Friday night.

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