I remember a Sally Forth cartoon that showed the husband and daughter standing in front of a broken microwave oven declaring that they were gonna die. Sally comes in and lists all the things they could cook conventionally and how they would do it. The final panel has all three looking forlornly at the defunct MW and stating, "We're gonna die!"
"to access a hydrant in the island," that's pure genius.
Funny that this comment would make you pause as it did me also. So much so that when I drove off the island of Cape Ann down Washington Street I looked to see where the hydrant was.
It was on Cape Ann but wrong island. I then thought it must be the rotary island but that would be such a weird place to put a hydrant. Nope, turns out that there is a small pie shaped island right before the rotary. And right at the end of Ashland Place this island has a hydrant.
6 Ashland Place, gloucester, ma << google map complete with street view.
Didn't look because there was still apparatus on Ashland when I drove by but there must be a hydrant on Ashland Place too. There might be two additional things in play here.
It went to two alarms and Gloucester brought in Essex and maybe another town. (Cutbacks and all.) The other thing is we have a water shortage.
So the second or third company on the scene must have tapped a secondary source of water putting the big fat hose to run up to the nearest pumper. That cut off Washington southbound because they needed "access to the island".
This paper serves a city of 30,000 and the writers on the weekend can be less than clear. I write for a blog that gets published in that paper so their threshold of excellence is, maybe a tad low.
Two years ago a gas explosion leveled a house and condemned the neighbor's house. A dog was the only casualty in that one too. Fire protection funding will likely rise, because of the expiration of the two dogs. OK by me.
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