Water pressure, extreme cold made ballpark fire difficult

10:36 PM, Jan 3, 2014   |    comments
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COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- When you have multiple fire trucks getting water from the same source, water pressure becomes a concern. That's what happened Friday as crews battled the massive blaze at Fifth Third Ballpark.

There were only two hydrants in the in the immediate area of the ballpark, each served by a 16-inch water main beneath White Pine Trail.

Eight-inch feeder lines serve the two fire hydrants, which provide up to 4,000 gallons per minute. The pressure is increased as the water flows through pumper trucks and into the hoses used by firefighters.

"Part of the problem is that when you use more than one hydrant at the same time, coming from the same place, they had a lot of trucks there and they were all fighting for the same faucet," said Plainfield Fire Chief Dave Peterson.

Early on in the fire, a hose was disconnected when a vehicle ran over the charged line. Changing out equipment is also more difficult when ice covers valves and nozzles.

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McDonald's in Comstock Park gave firefighters some relief from the cold, bringing over hot coffee, hot water and 100 hamburgers.

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