A Fianna Fáil councillor has claimed there wasn’t adequate pressure in a fire hydrant to deal with a recent house fire in North Kerry. Cllr John Brassil has called on Kerry County Council to confirm there are adequate working fire hydrants in all local authority estates. Cllr Brassil told the December meeting of Kerry County Council that a house fire in Causeway in November would have been far more serious if the direction of the wind hadn’t changed. He claimed that when the fire service responded there wasn’t enough pressure in the hydrant to deal with the blaze. Six units of the fire brigade from Ballybunion, Tralee and Killarney attended the fire that broke out at a house on Marian Park in Causeway on November 20th, causing damage to six houses. No one was injured in the blaze and Gardaí were not treating it as suspicious. Cllr Brassil is the second politician to have raised the issue. Following the fire, Labour deputy Arthur Spring said residents had expressed concern that water pressure had hampered the fire services in dealing with the blaze. He also called on Kerry County Council to address these concerns. The local authority says it is currently carrying out a full survey to examine the location and adequacy of water supplies for fire-fighting purposes.
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