Officials: Scrappers in Detroit disabling hydrants for brass connectors
Posted: Jan 3, 2013 9:22 PM EDT | Updated: Nov 5, 2014 5:45 PM EDT
DETROIT — Firefighters in Detroit faced a major problem on Wednesday night while battling a fire at a vacant home. They could not find a working fire hydrant.
First responders tried the first one only about a half a block away and it was out of order.
They then moved onto two more hydrants before they were able to find one that worked.
Firefighters said that this is a growing problem.
Officials from the fire department said that scrappers are stealing the threads used to connect the hose to the hydrant because they are made of brass.