Car With Smashed Windows Yet Another Example Of Why You Don’t Park In Front Of Fire Hydrants

So you think your car is special, huh? Like maybe it has some magical power that reorganizes its atoms as such that a fire hose can pass through it without breaking, or emergency jet packs that can lift it up and away when the fire hydrant it’s parked in front of needs to be used. Well, it’s not, and yet again, another hapless driver gives us the perfect reason why you shouldn’t leave your ride where it isn’t supposed to be.

A Wilmington, Del. driver learned that there is no such thing as a special car that’s allowed to sit in front of hydrants after firefighters bashed out the windows of the Ford Fusion vehicle while battling a three-story house fire that was spreading, reports NBC News Philadelphia.

With the fire on the move, firefighters broke the car’s two front windows and fed the fire house through them to access the hydrant and get the water to the scene.

And lest you think you’ve got wiggle room, be careful — in this case, it’s illegal to park within 15 feet of a hydrant, and not just directly in front of it. Many cities have similar regulations, all put in place to make sure firefighters have water when they need it.

After 40 minutes of battling the blaze, the fire was brought under control, say officials. No one was inside the homes at the time, but a dog was killed and a firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion and later released.

As for that car, police issued a ticket and had it towed, providing a no doubt unwelcome surprise for the owner. Although again, it shouldn’t be a surprise if you act like the rules don’t apply to you. Or if your car’s emergency jet pack lifting capabilities are on the fritz.

Firefighters Trying to Fight Blaze Bust Windows of Car Blocking Hydrant [NBC News Philadelphia]

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  1. SingleMaltGeek says:

    It’s too bad we can’t do that to any car parked at a hydrant, whether there’s a fire nearby or not. And those parked in handicapped spaces without a permit, too.

  2. mrkake says:

    While I certainly agree anyone who parks in front of a hydrant is a moron… I find it hard to believe that it would be completely impossible to get the hose around the car, under the car, on top of the car…… Actually, I think it’s probably more work for them to bust the windows and spend some time feeding a chunky hose through to prove a point instead of actually putting the fire out.

    I mean, if the law said the punishment for doing this was getting your windows smashed, that would be one thing. But the idiot who parked here is already going to be facing a heavy fine/ticket, and dealing with getting towed. I just think it’s a little immature for fire fighters to be smashing the windows just to make a statement…. I mean, unless its truly necessary, or they themselves will be held responsible for the destruction of property…

    We make the laws, decide what the fines are, etc… and then we just do whatever we want because we are fire fighters/police/etc… and everyone stands by it because fire fighters are superheroes and not subject to any rules…. I appreciate what they do to help people, but honestly, this is BS.

    • DrTardis78 says:

      Running the hose over the car would put a larger kink in it, reducing water flow. Running over the car would have done more damage as charged fire hoses are very heavy, it could have collapsed the roof. Running the hose under the car is too time consuming

      The firefighters did exactly the right thing in the right way to maximize water flow to the fire. Takes 10 seconds to smash out the windows, then run the hose straight through.

    • SingleMaltGeek says:

      DrTardis said it well. You’ve obviously never handled a charged fire hose, Mrkake. Those cartoons of a fire hose flailing around, maybe lifting people holding it? It’s possible. Water is very heavy in large volumes, and it can cut through metal with enough pressure.

      And let’s not forget, it’s not the firefighters’ job to figure out a way to get to the hydrant that is more convenient for the a**hole who parked there while there’s a fire burning. But when I volunteered we all had spring-loaded window punches in case there was an automobile accident (car doors often get wedged shut in accidents), and running the hose through a car is actually easier than running it under and about the same as running it over a car. (We actually practiced all of those scenarios on junker cars donated to the department.)

    • theoriginalcatastrophegirl says:

      in addition to the other replies, i suspect this technique also prevents the idiot who parked there from running up to his/her car in the middle of the fire, and trying to drive off, either driving over the hose under or in front of the car or leaving the hose that was on the car unsupported. if there’s a fire hose running through your car, you can’t get in it and drive away

    • furiousd says:

      I think they got off too easy. I wish it was cost effective for them to flip the car over to get it out of their way. As has been stated before, an emergency services personnel of any type doesn’t have time to deal with extra problems in the way or else they’d take their time at traffic lights while everyone else is inconvenienced by the superheroes. It takes a level of bravery and dedication to do these kinds of jobs that I don’t have, and while I have no hero worship problems I’m certainly willing to make sure that I’m out of their way when they need to do their job and fully expect every possible penalty to be levied when someone does so selfishly.

  3. Mint says:

    One day, that’ll be a Tesla, and it will be glorious.