Tucson dry hydrant still a mystery

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- It's become a mystery.  Last week Tucson firefighters found a hydrant in the Flowing Wells area shut off and no one knows why.

It's been five days since a blaze at the Woodland Village Apartments and no one can explain who was responsible for the closed valve that prevented the hydrant from supplying water.

Both the Flowing Well Irrigation District and Tucson Water insist the blame does not fall on them.

"We haven't been able to determine when the valve was shut off or who shut it off but we do know is none of our contractors were working in the area nor was Tucson Department of Transportation," said Fernando Molina of Tucson Water.

The fire hydrant in question at Miracle Mile and Flowing Wells didn't branch off to any other lines or pipes.  The water just flowed to that hydrant.  When it was needed in an emergency, however, it wasn't there.  Tucson Water understands the severity of that issue.

"We take this very seriously, we work very closely with Tucson fire to identify hydrants that are broken or leaking and those are always a priority for us to maintain," said Molina.

Tucson Water controls 80,000 valves across town.  They're hoping something like this doesn't happen again.

Tucson Water says they periodically check the hydrants around town, but Molina says they don't know how long this valve had been shut for.

The valve was turned back on shortly after the mistake was found last week.