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Why no hydrants

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

I heard the nonstop sirens last week in Crystal Lake and thought, “Wow, something big is going on.” I opened the next day’s newspaper to see the beautiful home destroyed by fire, and several neighboring homes damaged.

While I am thankful no one was injured, one line in the story caught my eye: “There are no fire hydrants in the area.”

I am two minutes east of where this fire was, also in unincorporated Crystal Lake, also with no fire hydrants. Why is this? Why are there no hydrants in unincorporated areas? (This was the same when I lived in Cary.)

We pay our taxes like everyone else. Why do we not have the same protection as people in incorporated areas? My neighbor next door is incorporated, and I clearly can see the fire hydrant from my home. So, God forbid there is a fire somewhere in my neighborhood, the home will go down in flames because we have no hydrants?

I think there should be hydrants in all areas, don’t you agree? Just makes sense to me.

Cindy Thiele

Crystal Lake

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