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Water pressure became an issue in Front Street fire in Georgetown

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Firefighters spent hours Wednesday and more than half a million gallons of water fighting a fire on Front Street in Georgetown that destroyed 7 buildings.

With all that water comes the need for a great deal of water pressure. It took so much water pressure that it caused a drop in pressure around the scene of the fire. To complicate the issue, the need for the water pressure to fight the fire came when residents were at the peak of using water as well with morning showers.

Officials say they had to think quick and shut down water in another part of the city and have residents there get well water to keep positive pressure at the fire. Officials say they were able to keep positive pressure on the fire as firefighters battled the blaze.

This is an older water system, but officials say it is adequate to handle a normal fire. They say most cities would have to reroute water to handle such a large fire with so many engines using water.

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