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Firefighters say buried hydrant wasted 'precious' time

The hydrant closest to a burning home was buried from the earlier blizzard

By Colneth Smiley Jr. and Matt Stone
Boston Herald

HINGHAM, Mass. — Hingham firefighters said they wasted precious seconds digging out a hydrant at the scene of a raging fire that destroyed an East Street home yesterday morning.

The hydrant closest to the burning home was still buried from the weekend’s blizzard when firefighters arrived, Fire Chief Mark Duff said.

“It’s extremely critical this time of year, with the amount of snow on the ground, to get your hydrant shoveled out,” he said, adding that another hydrant farther away was accessible upon arrival. “It was not a contributing factor to the fire, but needless to say, it would have helped us if we could have got to it a little quicker.”

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