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BMW window: How a BMW worsened firefighters' efforts in 8-alarm emergency

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A BMW window was the only way firefighters could fight an 8-alarm fire in East Boston Wednesday night. Actually, two windows of the BMW had to be busted by firefighters who were battling a huge blaze consuming a residential building because the car was parked in front of a fire hydrant.

The Boston Globe reported April 10 that someone had parked a BMW in front of a hydrant and left it. When firefighters tried using the hydrant around the car, it was kinking up. So, the BMW window on the passenger's side was broken so the hose could go through and out the driver's window. Due to the delay, the fire destroyed more of the building than it needed to.

Fire department engines carry 750 gallons of water that can be used in a matter of minutes, according to the report.

“The general reaction is that some people find humor in it,’’ said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. “But it’s really a serious situation. That water supply is the lifeblood of the engine company. The engine carries 750 gallons – and that could be gone in just two minutes. With that number of alarms, every hydrant is important.’’

MacDonald added that there's "nothing funny about it."

A fire official said there's a reason why people don't park in handicapped places. "It's just not something you," he said.

After the BMW window incident at the fire hydrant, police issued a $100 violation to the owner of the car. As of Thursday morning, the car was gone.


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