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Putney residents want better fire protection resources

People in Putney are asking for better fire protection after a home burned to the ground last month partly because of a lack of water to fight the fire.

Jerry and Myra Collins lost everything when food left unattended on the stove caused this fire on Dorough Avenue March 21st. Monday, Putney resident Willie Williams asked county commissioners if there's a way to make more water available to firefighters on the east side of Highway 19 in Putney.

"The three solutions that we talked about were connecting to the city water, the second was to drill a well that they can pump water and the third was pipe water from a holding pond," said Willie Williams, a concerned resident.

Because there was no fire hydrant nearby, firefighters had to make several trips to re-fill their trucks to get last month's fire under control at the nearest hydrant nearly a mile away. Commissioners said they would look into it and could use SPLOST revenue to extend water lines to install more fire hydrants in the county.

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