Frozen Hydrant Delays Ga. FFs

MORROW, Ga. --

Clayton County firefighters battled a stubborn blaze Sunday morning, and also had their hands full with a frozen hydrant.

Residents were evacuated from the Morrowood Townhomes in the 5900 block of Trammell Road in Morrow after a blaze broke out at about 11:25 a.m.

Residents told Channel 2 Action News reporter Richard Elliot that the fire started in unit C-5, and quickly spread to the other units in the building. Six townhomes were heavily damaged as a result.

Firefighters told Elliot that their efforts were initially hampered by a frozen fire hydrant, and that they had to find another unfrozen hydrant to douse the fire.

Neighbors credit a man, identified as Alvin Libby, with saving lives. They said Libby spotted the fire and went door-to-door warning residents to get out. At 6-foot-7-inches tall, Libby demonstrated as much courage as height.

The Clayton County School District supplied a bus so firefighters could warm up as they fought the blaze in frigid temperatures.

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