Harlingen Residents Demand Fire Hydrants in the Neighborhood

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POSTED: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 9:29am

The house is nearly destroyed today. Early Sunday morning, six fire units and nearly 20 firefighters responded to the fire around 2 Sunday morning. The house is located at the end of Beckham Road. The nearest fire hydrant is nearly 2,000 feet away.

"It worries us because you know if there is a fire, what do we do? All we have is our hoses, water hoses.”

Marion LePage is a winter Texan. She lives in Harlingen for most of the year and luckily, she has not had to deal with a fire but she tells us it's about time the city installs more fire hydrants to prevent other possible destructions.

"We go to the meetings and express our desire for fire hydrants."

And LePage is not alone on this. 24-year-old Javier Marquez’s family lives in the same neighborhood. They’ve lived in this home for nearly a decade. He says although they have seen improvements, they'd like to see more.

"It’s always on the back of everybody's mind. It’s always been an issue, as far as been out here in the far end of Harlingen."

The city annexed the area located between Stuart Place and Altas Palmas Roads in 2008.

Fire investigators were still out at the house today, trying to determine what caused the early morning blaze. Fire Chief, Michael Rinaldi, tells News Center 23, the fire was so extensive, it wasn't completely extinguished until 4:45 Sunday morning. There were no injuries reported as it appears no one was home at the time.
 

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