This is Why You Don’t Park in Front of Fire Hydrants

BOSTON — Firefighters scrambling to get water to an eight-alarm fire in Boston Wednesday came up with a creative way to get around one obstacle.

Someone had parked their BMW in front of the fire hydrant near the fire, blocking access.

So they punched out the windows and ran a 4-inch hose from the hydrant through the driver’s side window and out the passenger’s side.

“The general reaction is that some people find humor in it,’’ said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald told the Boston Globe. “But it’s really a serious situation. That water supply is the lifeblood of the engine company.”

Boston police said an officer ticketed the vehicle. The fine for such a violation is $100.


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