Hopewell firefighters help clean local animal shelter after emergency water shutdown

The Tri-Cities

HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — An animal shelter received “a little help from their friends” from the Hopewell Fire Department on Friday after facing quite a challenge. 

Hopewell Animal Services said on Facebook that they were notified there was an emergency shutdown on water at their shelter. 

“Well, that was a predicament and would be a half-day event hand cleaning,” the shelter said on social media. “Until Chief D. Hunter advised they would help and bring a truck down.”

The animal shelter was the only American Water customer impacted by the water main break, and as a result, didn’t have water to clean cages.

So, firefighters hooked up multiple hoses and got to cleaning. And they even let one of the dogs at the shelter have a little fun on the fire truck. 

“They asked if we could help and so we did,” firefighter Kevin McGinley said. “We just brought Engine 3 here down and hooked it up. Just a standard garden hose and hosed out the kennels so they would have some place clean to lie down.”

Located just around the corner from the shelter, McGinley said his department was happy to lend a hand. 

“They work for the city, we work for the city,” McGinley added. “As far as we’re concerned, the animals are citizens too, so we’re going to help them just like we would help our regular citizens.”

The shelter closed early Friday afternoon. Water has since been restored to the building. 

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