Spartanburg County deputies are trying to figure out who took the protective caps off several fire hydrants.
According to an incident report, at least six hydrant caps were stolen from the Roebuck area.
The Woodruff Roebuck Water District says the caps are made of cast iron.
Spartanburg County Fire Marshal Bill Hall says the protective caps are important because without that cover, the thread where firefighters connect a hose can get damaged and the grease meant to make that process easier can get washed away..
If that slows down the response time, or firefighters have to look for a different water source – it can have real consequences.
“A fire doubles in size every minute, minute and a half, and so every few seconds counts,” Hall explained.
Hall says the caps also make sure debris doesn’t get down into a hydrant and clog it up.