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THIS is why you don’t park in front of fire hydrants

Posted at 12:13 PM, Apr 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-11 12:25:14-04

BOSTON — It's being called a BMW's "backdraft moment."

Firefighters in Boston had to get creative when a car parked in front of a fire hydrant near a burning apartment this week. The firefighters punched out the car 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,’’ 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.”

To add insult to vehicular injury, Boston Police wrote a $100 ticket to the driver for parking so close to the fire hydrant.