Water supply not an issue in fight against 122 fire

It wasn't exactly a boatload of water, but it was a lot.

Nearly three dozen firefighters descended on downtown Winslow early Monday to battle a two-alarm fire that destroyed The 122 Bar and Restaurant.

Emergency workers stretched fire hoses across the town's main drag as thousands of gallons of water were dumped on the inferno.

The building was too far gone to save, however, and the restaurant is a total loss.

But it wasn't for a lack of water. Bainbridge Island Fire Department Assistant Chief Luke Carpenter said two hydrants near The 122 gave firefighters an ample water supply, and water tenders that had been called to the scene during the initial wave of response were not needed.

How much water was used? A lot.

Lance Newkirk, public works director for the city of Bainbridge Island, said estimating the exact amount of water that was used to battle the blaze was not possible without having a water meter on the hydrants.

The fire also occurred during the peak morning water use time.

Still, Newkirk gave a rough estimate of the amount of water poured on the blaze: between 70,000 and 90,000 gallons.

The top end of the estimate is enough water to fill a bathtub more than 2,100 times. It was enough water to run a dishwasher 3,600 times, or enough water for 1,500 very long showers.

It was nowhere near a boatload, though.

The ferry M/V Wenatchee, which serves the Bainbridge-Seattle route, has a displacement of 5,398 tons, according to Washington State Ferries. That's about 1.4 million gallons of water.

Carpenter said the low end of the city's estimate might be on target.

The flow from a ladder truck ranges from 500 to 1,000 gallons a minute, he said, and hand-line fire hoses have a flow between 125 to 300 gallons a minute.


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