MAGNOLIA SPRINGS, Ala. (WALA) - The Magnolia Springs Fire Department said a burned down home spotlights an issue they have with water collection sources.
Officials said a neighbor called 911 after seeing the home on the Yupon Road Extension engulfed in flames.
Magnolia Springs Fire Chief Jamie Hinton says emergency responders arrived at the residence around 12:45 to battle the blaze.
“The fire had already burnt through the roof. Two thirds of the house was burned upon our arrival,” said Hinton.
He said the home's location made the effort dangerous and difficult.
Hinton said the lack of fire hydrants in the rural areas of the town is an issue they've been looking at fixing.
As of now, fires in those areas have to be battled using a water tanker that often must be re-filled.
“We’re having to bring water in in big tankers. We have to have enough water to absorb more of the heat than the fire is putting out. We carry thousands of gallons of water with us but we may need a whole lot more than that,” Hinton said.
Hinton said they're hoping to add special hydrants that they can use as suction points to pull water from rivers, lakes and other bodies of water when needed.
Chief Hinton said the occupant of the home was a single father with two small children. He says they lost everything in the blaze. But he says without a reliable source of water for responders it could have been so much worse if they were in the home when the fire started.
“If it had happened at night, we could have had a significant loss of life. We need the resources because it will make it better for everybody,” said Hinton.
Officials said no cause has been determined. However, they do not believe foul play was involved.
Hinton said there is no timeline for when the hydrants could be in place.
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