Firefighters struggle to get water to residence as it burns in South Bristol

A home in South Bristol was destroyed on Tuesday after a call came in on Poplar Drive around 9:35 a.m.

It took two hours, but firefighters utilized a pond that was two miles away to get water onto the property to fight the blaze.

“Getting the water up here was the hardest part,” Jessica Frost, assistant to the fire chief for the Richmond Fire Department told

Firefighters tapped into that pond, which was a significant distance away – but the home was destroyed.

The family who owned the home, a young couple with two children, were planning on moving into it this weekend. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

However, Frost called attention to the limited manpower that the volunteer district has to work with. It can make fighting fires like these, in rural communities, a challenge.

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