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Lorain residents concerned faulty hydrants to blame in deadly house fire

Crews battle house fire in Lorain. (Source: Angel Arroyo) Crews battle house fire in Lorain. (Source: Angel Arroyo)
LORAIN, OH (WOIO) - A deadly house fire on East 30th in Lorain late last week claimed the life of 90-year-old Enrique Otero.

"Within five minutes the whole house was engulfed. It just, it just like the blink of an eye," said Enrique's son Henry Otero.

Neighbors want to know if faulty fire hydrants are to blame. They took their concerns to city hall.

Henry Otero sat quietly and patiently at the Lorain City Council meeting Monday night.

Otero, his family, and neighbors like Angel Arroyo all want the city to place more hydrants on their street considering Friday's fire is not the first in their community.

"This house went up pretty quick, but it's to the point where we're starting to feel that our safety might be an issue."

"I couldn't get in there with the thick, black smoke. Couldn't get my father out," said Otero.

But in this case more hydrants would not have made a difference, according to Fire Chief Tom Brown.

Dispatchers got the first 911 call at 10:59 a.m., four minutes later crews arrived on the scene.

"I believe there's enough hydrants. Would I like more hydrants? Absolutely," said Chief Brown.

Chief Brown says there are 3,100 hydrants in Lorain that are checked annually. He says the hydrant on East 30th was working the day of the blaze.

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