From the Indianapolis Fire Department Facebook Page:
1:43 PM – Despite an inattentive driver running over the supply line and rendering it useless to firefighters entering the burning structure…firefighters were able to make an initial attack on the blaze at 8040 McFarland Ct. – with tank water and bring it under control before it had the chance to critically affect additional units in the single story building.
As the deployed hose was ripped away from the hydrant, by the car, incoming units were told to lay another line to a hydrant much further away. #IMPD officers addressed the issue with the driver.
While most likely not intentional, but impatient, these bright yellow hoses are our lifelines when inside a burning structure. When you see them – along with the large red engines, bright flashing lights and firefighters aggressively working to establish a water supply – STOP and wait. Our police partners do a great job of getting you moving should you have to stop for us but getting stuck on one of these hoses won’t get you moving at all. In fact – it can cause serious damage to your vehicle or critically injure a firefighter.
3 people were displaced due to the blaze and one dog perished. One firefighter sustained slight injury. The occupant of the apartment where the fire started was not home. IFD is working with Red Cross for shelter. The fire is under investigation.