Firefighters tap canal to help douse blaze

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 17 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – Firefighters linked hoses from several companies to direct water from the canal to the fire on Route 31 at Hamilton Street. This photo shows a fire hose on West Academy Street near the West Park Street intersection.

ALBION – I wondered what would happen if the village ran out of water trying to put out the massive fire today. I know we have a 3-million-gallon storage tank on routes 31A and 98 in Barre, and other smaller storage facilities.

But could that supply could get exhausted trying to put out the big fire? I asked one of the firefighters if that was a concern, running out of water, and he pointed to a long fire hose than ran to the Erie Canal. We don’t need to worry about running out of water.