Blocked Fire Hydrant

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Firefighters Responding To New Jersey Blaze Break Windows Of Car Blocking Hydrant

June 14, 2018 - 4:43 pm

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Firefighters had to improvise when a car got in the way of their jobs while responding to a house fire in Mercer County.

Crews in Hamilton Township arrived at a home on Norway Avenue to find thick flames coming from the second floor Wednesday night.

They got to work and quickly discovered an Acura parked in front of the nearest fire hydrant.

"This was 100 percent blocked, there was nothing that could be done," District 3 Fire Chief Steven Kraemer said. 

Firefighters had to resort to punching out two windows of the vehicle and running the hose through to get the water on the flames.

"They had to break out both front windows and then they hooked the hydrant up," Kraemer said.

Kraemer says it is the first time in his career that he has seen a fire hose running through the windows of a car.

He said usually when residents hear a siren "everybody comes outside and they move their cars real quick -- if they were in a position. That didn't happen last night."

Kraemer said it's important the firefighters have full access to hydrants.

"I know everybody hears it over and over again, those hydrants are there for public safety and they're there for our safety and they're a very critical part of what we do," he said.

There were no injuries in the fire.

The cause is under investigation.