FAIRFIELD — A suspected hit-and-run in the parking lot of a Fairfield motel sent a geyser of water shooting into the air from a damaged fire hydrant.
The incident occurred shortly after the lunch hour Friday at the Motel 6 on the 1400 block of Holiday Lane, near Interstate 80. The driver was nowhere to be found as firefighters arrived at the motel.
“Someone kissed this hydrant,” Fairfield Fire Department Battalion Chief Rob Bartoli said as water shot into the air.
Water flooded the motel’s parking lot, spilled onto adjacent Holiday Lane and flowed curb-height onto Travis Boulevard, where it was caught by the first storm drain.
Fire Department Capt. Justin Martin said the city’s storm drain system did exactly what it’s designed to do when inundated with a sudden flow of water.
It took firefighters nearly 30 minutes to shut off the water supply to the hydrant so a city crew could replace it.
Bartoli said city hydrants, such as the one damaged Friday, are made to sheer off if hit by a vehicle, to minimize damage and to help prevent injuries. The design also makes them easier to repair, he said.
The fount of water, which reached nearly to roof height of the two-story motel, was a fraction of what people would see if a hydrant on a major Fairfield street is clipped off. Bartoli said water pressure at those city hydrants would make for a flow four times as high as Friday’s gusher.
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