Firefighters Trying to Fight Blaze Bust Windows of Car Blocking Hydrant

Firefighters in Wilmington were forced to break the front windows of this illegally parked car to get to the hydrant. (Published Friday, June 6, 2014)

If you needed a reason not to park in front of a fire hydrant, here's one: you might get your windows broken.

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Firefighters in Wilmington, Del. responded to a blaze along the 800 block of Van Buren Street at 11:21 a.m. on Friday to find the street's fire hydrant blocked by a white Ford Fusion sedan.

With heavy fire spreading through the three-story house and to a home next door, the firefighters broke the car's two front windows and fed their fire hose through to get water flowing.

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Parking within 15 feet of a fire hydrant in Wilmington is illegal, according to the city's parking regulations.

Fire crews were able to get the blaze under control about 40 minutes later, officials said. No one was inside the homes at the time of the fire, but a dog was killed.

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A firefighter also suffered heat exhaustion and was taken to Christiana Hospital for treatment, officials said. He was later released.

As for the car, officials said police issued a ticket and that it was set to be towed.

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