Broken hydrants lead to fire fear in BX

(07/30/03) THE BRONX - On Tuesday night, News 12 The Bronx was alerted to a number of broken fire hydrants near the Bronx County Building. A broken hydrant on the corner of Walton Ave. and East 161st Street has not been repaired for months.

A few months ago a car backed over the fire hydrant at the corner of Walton Ave. and East 161st Street and nearly drove it into a nearby subway station. Area residents have repeatedly called the city about the hydrant and it is still not fixed. Many people are worried what will happen if a fire should breakout in the neighborhood.

The Fire Department of New York says that once they are told about a broken hydrant it is tagged to not use in an emergency and fixed within seven days.

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