To The Daily Sun,
I, like many local residents, was surprised and dismayed to learn of the two-alarm fire that quickly destroyed a residential house on Mountain Drive in Gilford. The blaze, which occurred in the early morning hours this past Sunday, was a challenge for the fire departments to battle as the temperatures were frigid with a wind chill.
I could not help but notice in the reports that to put out the fire, the departments had to shuttle water from the closest fire hydrant, which happened to be more than one mile away on Tate Road. I live very near the site of this fire, and I believe there is only one other hydrant anywhere near Gunstock Acres, and that is on the outer perimeter by the entrance of Yasmin Drive on Cherry Valley Road. To service a fire in "the Acres" the responders may have to drive more than a mile and a half to replenish their water supply.
Since Gunstock Acres is a very large subdivision, containing approximately 400 homes, it is strange that the town officials have not considered this lack of hydrants to be a problem.
The fire departments should not have to work under the strain of trying to find a water source that is nowhere near the location of the blaze. Every second counts when it comes to extinguishing house fires, and most houses in Gunstock Acres would be considered "isolated," something that does not have to be the case.
This unfortunate occurrence highlights the need for more fire hydrants in the community of Gunstock Acres. Fires happen, especially in the heating season, but when there is not enough provisions to combat them, it is unsafe for everyone involved. We need to be prepared, so that if there is ever a fire in this part of Gilford in the near future, it can be put out with the utmost speed and efficiency.
Dean P. Anderson
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