Driving, and parking in particular, seems like it’s one of those things that just brings out people’s inner selfishness. Looking at all the cars that are parked in front of driveways, blocking traffic, taking up multiple spots, or parking in front of fire hydrants, it’s hard not to get mad. It seems like every other driver in the world thinks: “This is illegal, but it’s okay.”
Well it’s not okay and the Anaheim Fire & Rescue Department just showed us all why.
“Ever wonder what happens when a car is parked in front of a fire hydrant and a fire breaks out?” they asked on Twitter, showing a silver car with both rear windows bashed in, a fire hose running through the vehicle.
“Is a closer parking spot worth the broken windows and the citation and towing fees?”
The post was an immediate hit, with many commenters saying the illegal parker got what he deserved.
Some suggested that the firefighters should have hooked the hose over the car, or under it, and that the broken windows were unnecessary. The department responded.
“The weight would have caused even more body damage and the angle down to the hydrant would not allow appropriate water pressure,” they said. “We do not intentionally damage people’s property unless absolutely necessary.”
Water from a hydrant is pumped out under tremendous pressure and the hose itself weighs over 100 lbs. This requires a straight line from hydrant to nozzle, meaning windows must be broken.
Just in case anyone out there isn’t clear, it’s illegal to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
With all the attention they received, Anaheim Fire & Rescue wanted to ensure the owner of the car didn’t feel victimized.
“We posted this incident to illustrate and educate, not to humiliate anyone,” they said.
Kind words, but the driver should be ashamed of themselves. We hope Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s brace post helps prevent others from being selfish and risking lives and property just for an easier spot.