No fire hydrants close to Chesterfield barn that burned

Posted on: 10:41 am, January 3, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:02pm, January 3, 2014

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Chesterfield fire crews called in back-up to help fight a large fire that burned a barn full of hay on Kingsland Rd., between Iron Bridge and  Salem Church Rds.

The closest fire hydrant sits about one mile from the barn.

“We called in some extra water tankers that carry approximately 1,800 gallons of water,” Chesterfield Fire and EMS spokesman Lt. Jason Elmore said. “We also called in a crew from the City of Richmond to shuttle water from the nearest hydrant.”

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No people nor animals were hurt in the fire.

“I was afraid some cows may be in there and they got about three or four donkeys that stay in there when it’s windy,” neighbor Marie Driggs said. Driggs called 911 to report the fire.

Another neighbor, Betty Hartless, also called 911.

“I said it’s just a-blazing, y’all need to send somebody right away,” she recalled.

Investigators are working to determine what started the fire.


  • Curious says:

    What is the purpose of sharing that the closest hydrant is a mile away? Are the writers saying shame on Chesterfield for not having a hydrant at every driveway?

  • I am just glad there weren’t any animals in the barn. Improperly cured hay can combust.

  • hjriver says:

    So as a long time resident and past volunteer are we to expect now that our high paid “professional” cannot adequately address a fire unless a hydrant is no more than 50 feet away so they don’t have to lay a hose any farther.

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