An early morning fire in June that destroyed a portion of Valley View Apartments and injured two brought to the forefront fire flow and pressure concerns, issues at the heart of a lawsuit later filed by a neighboring church against the City of Fayetteville and Fayetteville Public Utilities.
The fire and subsequent fallout lead the list of top 10 local news stories of 2017.
While the cause of the fire at Valley View Apartments will remain unknown, it did reveal that flow and pressure needed to adequately fight fires in the area were lacking, sparking a joint meeting among city leaders, FPU officials and fire department personnel to address the issues. Already, FPU had begun a water line redundancy project which are expected to eventually provide adequate flows; however, the project was still incomplete at the time of the fire.
In an effort to address ongoing fire flow issues and prioritize future projects to improve flow and pressure, FPU approved funding for third-party testing of all hydrants, requesting the City of Fayetteville help foot the bill, a request that was denied in a 4-3 vote by the board of mayor and aldermen.
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