It took a fire in East Boston to show an unlucky BMW owner exactly why you’re not supposed to park in front of fire hydrants.
An eight-alarm fire damaged three buildings in East Boston Wednesday night before firefighters could contain it. Those efforts were temporarily slowed by a parked BMW that blocked a fire hydrant across the street. So responders did the only thing they could do – they smashed the car’s windows in and ran the hose right through, calling to mind a particular scene from the 1991 film “Backdraft.” Disclaimer: Video contains some profanity.
In addition to broken windows and water damage, this photo shows that the luxury car was left with a large dent in its rear door:
According to a tweet from WCVB, the car’s owner accepts responsibility for the damage.
Acquaintance of driver who blocked hydrant: "He was mad at one point, but then just relaxed and he knew, 'OK, I parked there'": 5 & 6 #WCVB— Liam Martin (@LiamWCVB) April 10, 2014
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