Fire Department’s Photo of Wrecked Car Warns Not to Park Near Hydrants

The Anaheim Fire & Rescue Department tweeted a photo on Tuesday of a car with its back window broken, a warning to drivers not to park near fire hydrants.
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A California fire department tweeted a photo on Tuesday of a car with its back windows broken, a warning to drivers not to park near fire hydrants.

The Anaheim Fire & Rescue Department tweeted the warning after finding a vehicle parked in a fire lane close to a hydrant while firefighters responded to a Tuesday morning fire in a residential area.

Firefighters had to smash the back windows of the vehicle to place a hose through the broken windows, police said:

“Ever wonder what happens when a car is parked in front of a fire hydrant and a fire breaks out?” the tweet reads. “Is a closer parking spot worth the broken windows and the citation and towing fees to @AnaheimPD?”

The Anaheim Police Department retweeted the fire department, confirming firefighters had to run a hose through the broken car windows:

The fire department’s tweet soon went viral, retweeted more than 1,400 times as of Wednesday morning, prompting social media users to question why firefighters had to break the car’s windows to run the hose instead of routing it around the vehicle.

Anaheim Fire & Rescue issued a clarification in a follow-up tweet, stating officials could not place the hose underneath the vehicle because it would not fit and placing a hose over the vehicle would cause more damage:

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