Hose Damaged by Vehicles Disrupts NC Firefighting Operation

Nov. 30, 2023
Wesley Chapel and Waxhaw firefighters had to replace two 100-foot sections in the midst of a 3,400-foot connection.

Fire hose damaged by vehicles disrupted firefighting operations at a house fire.

Wesley Chapel Fire Chief Steven McLendon told Queen City News:. “They went to turn the fire hydrant on and they noticed the hose had been damaged.”

That resulted in a lack of water for about 10 minutes while firefighters replaced two 100-foot sections of hose in the midst of a 3,400-foot setup, the chief explained. 

“Please, do not drive over the fire hose. At the other end of that hose is someone’s property we are trying to save, and even more importantly, firefighters inside a burning house and possibly someone’s life we are trying to save! We are doing our best to mitigate the incident as quickly and safely as possible, but we cannot do that when our operations are interrupted by someone who runs over our hose."

This wasn't the first time someone drove over a hose at a fire and damaged couplings. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Union County Fire Marshal's office.