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Some Cheswold Residents Push for Hydrants in "Old Town"

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The remains of a June 25 fire in Cheswold that left one person dead. The remains of a June 25 fire in Cheswold that left one person dead.

CHESWOLD, Del. -- An apartment fire in June that killed a woman in Cheswold has prompted renewed calls for water lines and fire hydrants in the "Old Town" section of the Kent County town.

The June 25 fire killed a 53-year-old woman and was the latest in what Old Town residents said was a series of fires that have ravaged homes over the last few years. The section of town uses wells while Tidewater Utilities services communities that have been developed more recently and does not have any fire hydrants located in its area.

Dorinda Shehan, who lives on Commerce Street, said her home in Old Town went up in flames more than a year ago. She said she has wanted fire hydrants installed in the older section of the town, located just west of the railroad tracks through town.

"It's not fair. I don't know why we don't have fire hydrants. It's not fair and we should have it," she said.

Cheswold Mayor Bob Sine said there are a few hydrants in town, including outside the firehouse, but money and regulations remain obstacles to installing water lines and hydrants in Old Town. He hopes a meeting at Legislative Hall on Aug. 1 involving the town, Tidewater, and other stakeholders can help shed light on a solution to the issue.

"Hopefully we can know which way we can go," he said. "We can explore some options with people who are going to the meeting and that would give us a direction to start."

 

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