Absence of fire hydrants may have led to destruction of Thornwood home

A Thornwood family of four is homeless after a fire destroyed their house at 40 Westerly Lane on Sunday afternoon. Firefighters from ten Westchester communities rushed to the scene to help extinguish the flames, but only managed to save part of the burning building. Now, some people are saying the home could have been saved if there were fire hydrants in the area.Residents on Westerly Lane use well water, which means there are no fire hydrants in the area. To make matters worse, the fire department does not have tanker trucks. When firefighters arrived on Sunday, they had to stretch their hoses from a hydrant a mile away to get water to the flames. Neighbors say the process took about 20 minutes, and by that time, the damage had already been done.The town supervisor says it is up to residents to decide if they want the town to install a water main in the area, and any proposal would have to go to a vote.The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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