Low water pressure contributed to hours long apartment complex fire

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FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. - After a fire at an apartment complex burned for hours over the weekend, we received multiple calls about the lack of water pressure in the area. Viewers wanted to know if that impacted the fire crews' ability to extinguish the blaze.

The Fayetteville City Administrator, Scott Collins confirmed that there is a lack of water pressure in the area. He wants to address the residents concerns, and says they are actively trying to work on a solution.

Collins says after talking with the Fayetteville Fire Chief, he learned there were problems with water pressure during the fire. "He said he could only run the pumps at idle. He couldn't crank up the full volume that normally we would've used because of the lack of water pressure."

Crews struggled to put the fire out, battling it for around 12 hours. Collins says there were other factors, but lack of water pressure contributed to the length of time it burned.

"You know the age of the building, the type of structure it was, but also we couldn't put as many hoses on it as we would've liked to have," explained Collins

Resident Vanessa Klaiss said she hopes something is done to prevent this from happening again. "The city will hopefully do something to give us better water pressure, so that if something like this happens again it won't be as damaging."

Collins said they do have a plan underway with Fayetteville Public Utilities, that will improve the area, but it's a process that takes time.

"There's been an ongoing plan to create a loop in this section to provide water in case of an emergency on the north end of town."

He says fire crews used almost 250,000 gallons of water to try and put out the fire. "Our fire fighters did the best they could. They worked diligently and they came up with creative ideas to put as much water as possible on the fire"

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