Saturday, August 30, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Driver clips hydrant, sends water gushing into air

hydrant_motel6

Capt. Justin Martin of the Fairfield Fire Department watches as water shoots from a broken fire hydrant in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on Holiday Lane, Friday. (Glen Faison/Daily Republic)

By
From page A3 | September 08, 2012 |

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.

Reach Managing Editor Glen Faison at 427-6925 or gfaison@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He has worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Clarksburg family rolls with times

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
 
State lifts Solano moth quarantine

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3

 
 
Gallo subsidiary wins bid for Winterhawk Winery

By Barry Eberling | From Page: B10 | Gallery

No plea as suspect in Suisun slaying appears in court

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 28, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Aug. 28, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
.

US / World

Man is guilty of murder after his dogs kill woman

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
California teacher reprimanded for sending tweets

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

N. California officer accused of beating woman

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
California appeals teacher tenure ruling

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Lawmakers send gun restraining order bill to Brown

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

California marijuana grow stole reservation water

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Feds critical of California twin tunnel project

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

California mentally ill inmates get special units

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
.

Opinion

Zombies are not for fun

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11

 
.

Living

.

Entertainment

.

Sports

Armijo opens its football season with 26-7 win at San Rafael

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
No. 11 Stanford set to open season vs. UC Davis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

After eventful offseason, Northwestern meets Cal Bears in opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Prep volleyball: Vacaville Christian falls to D-I power Davis

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
JC women’s soccer: Solano kicks off season with 0-0 draw

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Raiders face decisions at QB heading into opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Errani’s ‘cottage cheese’ serve tops Venus at Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
Palmer opens with a 63 to lead in Boston

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Pernice, Bryant share Champions Tour lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
I.K. Kim increases Portland Classic lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

A’s fall back in AL West, blanked by Angels

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
Posey goes 5 for 5 in 6 innings, Giants rout Brewers

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
This date in sports history for Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B13

 
.

Business

.

Obituaries

Hazel Gertrude Wamsley

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Jerry Lee Trammell

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

Florence Virginia Boes

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Darrell D. Stevens

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Lois C. Clark

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
.

Home Seller 08/30/14

Real estate transactions for Aug. 30, 2014

By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR2