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Published January 21, 2014, 07:51 PM

Frigid temperatures freeze fire hydrants

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Sub-zero temperatures are making it difficult for firefighters to do their job.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

Fargo, N.D. (WDAY TV) -Sub-zero temperatures are making it difficult for firefighters to do their job.

We learned from Fargo Public Works today that there are 6,300 hydrants in the city. Of that, 1,600 are private. This means it is up to the property owner to maintain those. The city has crews that flush and check hydrants.

At Monday's mobile home park fire in North Fargo, firefighters found a fire hydrant frozen. They had to lay hose 700-feet to another hydrant.

And it is not the valves on the fire hydrant above ground that becomes an issue.

Mark Williams, Fargo Public Works: ”Your hydrant usually freezes in this area, you have a weep hole and right here that when there is excess water above the pipe it should drain out, but with high ground water it infiltrates that.”

Nobody was injured in that mobile home fire.

Firefighters say it started after two children were playing with matches.

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