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Fire truck arrived at burning home without water, fire department says

A fire truck arrived at the scene of a blazing fire without firefighters realizing there was no water in its tank in Isa City, Kagoshima Prefecture, last month.
The Isa fire department revealed the incident this week, adding that firefighters had to fetch water from a nearby lake, which delayed the hosing down procedure by five minutes, Fuji TV reported. 
Furthermore, the fire department has decided to reprimand five fire chiefs for neglecting their duties. 
The incident occurred on the night of Oct 23. The fire truck had initially arrived at the scene 10 minutes after receiving the emergency phone call. At the time, two-thirds of a home and warehouse had been engulfed by flames. It took an hour and eight fire trucks to fully extinguish the fire. However, no injuries were reported. 
The fire truck that was initially dispatched had undergone repairs just four days prior and crew members apparently forgot to load the vehicle with water upon its return. 
The Isa fire department said in a statement: “This careless mistake is unacceptable among professionals. We promise to conduct thorough inspections and show better leadership from now on.”


© Japan Today
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