Firefighters in Vancouver are calling for motorists to pay more attention after drivers drove over a fire hose during an active fire in South Vancouver on Friday, severing the hose and sending jets of water flying.
Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services were responding to a house fire at the intersection of Ash Street and 61st Avenue around 9 a.m. Friday.
The fire saw one person displaced, but no injuries were reported. The displaced person lived in the house’s basement suite, according to officials. The upstairs wing of the house was undergoing renovations.
Assistant Fire Chief Richard Warnock said multiple cars subsequently drove over the line. It led to the hose bursting, and water flying across the street.
“We had to go back to defensive at that time, to bring everybody out — just in case we lost the full line,” Warnock said. “It kind of set us back a bit.”
Firefighters eventually had to shut down the damaged line, according to Warnock, and had to set up another supply line.
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