In the video above, Seattle Fire Department Chief Gregory Dean explains problems encountered by firefighters dealing with a house fire in the 10200 block of 41st SW in Arbor Heights around 5:30 PM on Saturday. According to news reports, a neighbor was attempting to fight the fire with a garden hose when the first firefighters arrived. Chief Dean says a truck company was the first on the scene with a seven minute response, because the two closest engine companies were on medical calls.
Chief Dean said when the first pumper pulled up the closest hydrant did not work. Water pressure supplied from the next house fire was not adequate. A second alarm was called and a relay was set up from more distant fire hydrants. One firefighter was slightly burned and the fire did spread to an exposure.
Below is a series of videos showing the firefighters attempting to deal with the water problems.