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Brisbane fire hydrants cleared after blaze

AAP logoAAP 5/09/2016 Darren Cartwright

Fire hydrants aren't to blame for water flow problems experienced by firefighters who were unable to save two homes in Brisbane's inner west, preliminary testing indicates.

A man who owns one of the homes in Warmington Street, Paddington, claims firefighters couldn't quickly douse the blaze on Sunday because of an impotent hydrant.

But Urban Utilities says initial tests appear to rule out fire hydrants had contributed to the problem.

"Fire hydrant testing appears to indicate the hydrants were not a factor in water flow issues experienced on Sunday," spokeswoman Michelle Cull said.

The testing had confirmed the hydrants and water mains in the immediate area of the fire were performing in accordance with guidelines for water and sewerage.

But the investigation was continuing and Urban Utilities was working with the fire authority to get to the bottom of what happened, she said.

One of owners of the houses destroyed is blaming poor water pressure for firefighters being unable to save his home.

"My house could have been saved. I know it could have been saved," Michael MacKay told reporters.

"I was standing across the road and saying, 'Put the water up there', but the guy said, 'We don't have enough pressure to put the water up there'."

Urban Utilities said the hydrants were also deemed to have more than the required pressure when they were tested in March 2015.

However, the utility giant confirmed 180 Brisbane fire hydrants had failed pressure tests in the past financial year.

It told AAP 5713 hydrants were tested and 180 had to be replaced.

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