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Published November 04, 2010, 08:24 AM

Fire hydrant repairs yet to be made by some property owners

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Two weeks after we first told you about a warning sent from the Fargo Fire Department to property owners, some are still not up to code. Officials sent a 2nd notice to violators of 22 properties that repairs needed to be scheduled or made by tomorrow. Some still haven't.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

This out of service fire hydrant is owned by Goldmark. As you can see, this tag still marks it as not working. The hydrant is just feet from packed apartment buildings.

The unsettling news 22 properties didn't have working hydrants sparked outrage by renters. All but six have made repairs.

One isn't a concern anymore because a building on that property was torn down. Two of the six are owned by Goldmark. Goldmark leaders declined to go on camera, but tell us one hydrant is being fixed and another will be this week once the city takes care of problems on its end.

“We have other hydrants in the area that we can use until that one does get fixed, but every hydrant that is out, is one less that we can use.”

If the owners do not respond by Monday, the fire chief will order repairs. If those aren't made then, the city attorney can file litigation. That could be an infraction, with a fine. The city has never done that before.