CALIFORNIA – If you’ve ever wondered what might happened if a fire actually broke out while your vehicle was parked in front of a fire hydrant, the Anaheim City Fire Department visualized this not only for their local residents, but for the entire world by snapping some shots and posting them to social media.
This morning at 0622 hours, Anaheim Fire and Rescue and Anaheim Police Department responded to reports of a residential structure fire in the 1100 block of N. West Street. There was one fire hydrant and a car was parked illegally, blocking access to the hydrant. Firefighters discovered a “working fire” meaning the apartment was actively on fire. They were forced to break the back windows of the car to access the hydrant and provide water to the engine. Firefighters were able to keep the fire contained to the kitchen and had it extinguished in just over 15 minutes. 1 adult and 6 children were displaced by the fire and are being assisted by American redcross. This is a real life example of why not to park in front of a fire hydrant. Not only is there the cost of the windows, but also fines and potential towing fees. Is it really worth it? A few people have asked why not run the hose over, under, or around the car? If that was really a feasible alternative we wouldn’t need #noparking zones in front of fire hydrants. This post is not meant to humiliate, it is meant to illustrate and educate the very real consequences of blocking a fire hydrant.
I guess just expecting that their hose will just go around you, or your luck can’t actually be that bad, isn’t a good gamble to take, especially while visiting or living in the city of Anaheim.