By Alex Mitchell, Bronx Times:
If the only parking spot you can find is in front of a fire hydrant, continue looking, a visiting motorist learned the hard way.
When a fire broke out in the home of a 96-year-old woman on 826 Revere Avenue, a Volvo with NJ plates, was blocking the hydrant directly across the street, on Wednesday, February 28.
While neighbors urged the first responders to “just break its windows,” FDNY members said that “we try not to do that unless we really have to.”
The FDNY first tried to thread the hose under the car, but it became pinched by the Volvo’s rear tire, cutting off the water pressure.
The second attempt to hook up the fire hose was successful when the FDNY members climbed atop the car, and fed the hose over the car’s sunroof, inadvertently shattering it to pieces in the process.
Meanwhile, the house continued to burn, and the elderly woman inside suffered injuries along with two fire fighters.
Read the full story here.