Dry fire hydrants pose problems for firefighters

Birmingham fire fighters say dry hydrants gave them trouble when trying to fight fires on Thursday.

Crews arrived at an apartment fire at North Birmingham homes in 42nd avenue... hoping to plug into the hydrants.

They wouldn't turn on.

The fire department says Birmingham water works turned off the hydrants.

Three people were in the apartment when the fire started.

Crews had enough water to put out the fire... even without the working hydrant.

Water works will rectify whatever issue it was... we were able to knock the fire out with what we had on the scene.

Everyone got out of the apartment safely.