A permitted fire got out of control on Sagamore Street on Friday afternoon, according to Fire Chief Philip Stevens.
The fire department responded to 175 Sagamore St. at about 2:30 p.m. In addition to Hamilton firefighters, Essex Engine 1 also helped battle the fire. Firefighters also got help from a Hamilton DPW backhoe. In addition to the brush, the fire also damaged a shed on the property, Stevens said.
Firefighters used water from the fire hydrant on Sagamore Street near Blueberry Lane, which may cause some brown water in the area.
Hydrant flushing starts this week in Hamilton and will run through late May across town.
The process, technically called water distribution system flushing, will include hydrant exercising and flushing. Each week, Monday through Thursday evening from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. the Hamilton Department of Public Works will be flushing hydrants.
Hydrant flushing will start near the water treatment plant on Pine Tree Drive, off Lake Drive, and move down Linden Street toward Bay Road (Route 1A). An updated schedule and areas of flushing will be released as activities continue through May 26.
When hydrant flushing is happening in your neighborhood, residents can minimize discolored water getting into your system but not using water, or minimizing the use, during the flushing hours.
When flushing is complete in your neighborhood and before using water, the Hamilton Water Department recommends residents run cold water by turning on the outside spigots until the lines run clear, since discoloration is likely to occur with the flushing.
Because flushing could potentially reverse the general flow pattern in the water distribution system, other areas outside the specific work areas may be affected during hydrant flushing.
Hydrant painting will continue on the west side of Hamilton through September. Painting is ongoing in the Asbury and Highland street areas, according to Fire Chief Phil Stevens.
Some residents have asked firefighters why they are painting the hydrants white because they are worried the hydrants will not show up in the snow. That’s just the primer, according to Stevens.
If you see a white hydrant, it will be painted yellow within a few days, according to Stevens.