JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Jackson Fire Department says water was not an issue in battling a house fire in the early morning hours in south Jackson, despite claims by an eyewitness.
The fire happened on Lakewood Drive which runs south off McDowell road.
Flames were shooting out of the roof when firemen arrived on the scene at about 2:25 a.m. Tuesday. Nobody was home when the fire broke out and the cause is not known, according to homeowner Fabian Johnson.
An eyewitness who lives two houses down, across the street, 38-year-old Myreon Williams, told us the nearest water hydrant did not work and that hampered firemen.
"Did this fire hydrant work? Ah naw, it did not. Clearly they didn't use it and there is no water around or surrounding it. And we have been out here since 2:15 this morning," said Williams.
We went back and checked our video and found the hydrant hooked up and supplying water to the trucks fighting the blaze. They were old hydrants with two inch connectors that screw off, rather than five inch connectors that snap off, which slowed firemen hooking up.
Deputy Chief R.D. Simpson, at our request, found a wrench he did not know he had and showed us the hydrant works.
"Water was not an issue in this fire at all. We had plenty of water. The firemen were able to have adequate amount of water to extinguish the fire," said Simpson.
The home was severely damaged by the fire.
The City of Jackson has 8,000 hydrants and according to Chief Simpson, they are checked every six months.
This hydrant was working during the overnight fire.
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