PHOTO | Lyn Riggins, WSSC

Blown Fire Hydrant Damages Silver Spring House Nearby (PHOTOS)

A fire hydrant that blew off the water main Sunday night in Silver Spring shot water at such high pressure that is caused “significant” damage to a home that was more than 20 feet away.

Washington Suburban and Sanitary Commission spokesman Jerry Irvine told MyMCMedia water from the hydrant crashed through a home’s bay window on Peach Orchard Road causing “significant damage to the home.”

WSSC Spokeswoman Lyn Riggins said the homeowners is on vacation and there is a lot of “water that went into the house.”

Montgomery County Fire officials had just recently de-linked from the hydrant, having used it to fight a house fire on Kings House Road, according to Irvine. A weakness within the pipe caused the hydrant to give way, according o Irvine.

Riggins said about 13 customers in the area were without water for a short time as crews shut it off to do some work. Riggins could not say how many gallons of water gushed from the hydrant.

Krista Brick

About Krista Brick

Krista Brick is a multi-media journalist with Montgomery Community Media.


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