Adopt-a-hyrdrant program credited with helping to extinguish West Allis fire

Posted at 7:00 PM, Dec 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-17 20:15:04-05

WEST ALLIS -- Neighbors clearing off a fire hydrant after Friday night's nasty storm likely saved lives when a house fire sparked just hours later.
"Here in West Allis, we have an adopt a fire hydrant program that a lot of people are starting to get involved with. So we did have clear hydrants and we'd like to thank the public for that," said Jay Scharfenberg, West Allis Assistant Fire Chief.

The fire spread to two other neighboring homes at 72nd and Greenfield at about 3:30 Saturday morning.
Eleven people were displaced, including five children.
Firefighters closed off the roadway because of the freezing water used to put out the fire.
Fire investigators are still working to figure out the cause.

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