September 28, 2004
LACONIA, N.H. — Several cars parked in a Laconia neighborhood were damaged Monday morning in a strange accident with a fire truck.
Fire officials said a loose hose on a fire truck broke windows and scratched cars as the truck responded to an emergency call. Jennifer Anderson said she parked on the street briefly to check on a friend’s cats when she heard the truck’s siren.
“Then I heard a really loud noise, and I was like, ‘Something’s not right,’ so I ran outside and I saw my car and almost cried,” she said. The back window of her car was smashed, and the spoiler and antenna were also damaged. Three cars along the street were damaged by the errant fire hose. “A hunk of it fell off, and as the truck rolled down the street, sections of it flaked off, so it was actually the nozzle that did the damage,” Deputy Chief Deb Pendergast said. Pendergast said the hose was securely wrapped on the truck, so firefighters don’t know how it came unraveled. “They took a corner and started driving down the street and heard a noise,” Pendergast said. “The captain, who sits in the officer seat, looked out the window and saw the nozzle banging down the street.” The firefighters immediately stopped to make sure everyone was OK. The city is planning to cover the damage to the cars. Anderson said she had just found a buyer for her car, but the sale is now delayed. She said she’s thankful she wasn’t in the car during the accident. “I’m just grateful that I or anybody else wasn’t in the vicinity when it happened because it was definitely one of those freak accidents,” she said.