Newark's new fire director questioned over Aug. fire probe

NEWARK - Newark's new fire director is facing questions over a pending fire investigation after the previous director stepped down before issuing a report.

Officials say the massive fire broke out Aug. 11 in Newark, forcing 18 people from their homes. Residents say part of the reason the fire couldn't be contained sooner is because of a lack of water pressure from area hydrants.

Fire Director Fateen Ziyad told News 12 New Jersey that he is not sure about whether the water mains could adequately supply the firefighters on that block. Ziyad has promised to follow up on the investigation.

News 12 New Jersey spoke with many firefighters on the day of the blaze who said the water main had low pressure.

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