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Why you shouldn’t park in front of fire hydrants

East Boston, Massachusetts -- 04/9/2014-- A car who parked in front of a fire hydrant had a hose run through the windows at an eight alarm fire in East Boston, Massachusetts April 9, 2014. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff Topic: EastieFire03
A car who parked in front of a fire hydrant had a hose run through the windows at an eight alarm fire in East Boston, April 9, 2014.Jessica Rinaldi / The Boston Globe

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:

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According to a tweet from WCVB, the car’s owner accepts responsibility for the damage.

Lesson learned.

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