LOS ANGELES — Video shows LAFD crews battling a gas station blaze when a distraught woman speeds into the scene, driving over the supply line.
According to the video uploader, firefighters had to grapple with heavy smoke and two guard dogs.
About halfway through the video, an upset woman unexpectedly plows into the scene, rolling over the supply line almost to the front of the burning single-story gas station.
Apparently the woman was trying to account for the dog and recover them.
One of the dogs had escaped the fire early on and the other is seen in the video unharmed.
It took firefighters 40 minutes to contain the blaze, none of the gas pumps caught fire.
No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Rex WaltersdorfWednesday, December 26, 2012 1:21:36 PMshe would definately get a bill for the hose.
Chris WernerWednesday, December 26, 2012 1:42:54 PMProsecute as per local laws. Civilians rushing in for pets can result in back-drafts, ruptured hoses, etc. endangering firefighters and themselves...that's why they're supposed to stay back away from the fireground. FF's are already going to rescue any pet they can.
Joseph Robin WhiteWednesday, December 26, 2012 1:52:20 PMFurther more it could have just as easily been a firefighter that she had run over. She should be prosecuted if possible.
Reuben Lee GillianWednesday, December 26, 2012 2:14:12 PMThe question is , How did the driver get access to the area? Do they not have traffic control or police roadblocks around the scene. The driver should be fined. Where I live you cant really get around any fire calls unless you are a FF because they keep area clear of all traffic. This situation could have had a very turn of events if the line was damaged. Some people just lack common sense.
Kurtis CookWednesday, December 26, 2012 2:20:17 PMWhy didn't LAPD go Rodney King on her?
Jason LowWednesday, December 26, 2012 4:23:50 PMHopefully there is some kind of criminal code offense in California for interference with emergency services, similar to how obstruction of justice would apply to interfering with a law enforcement agent.
Orin JohnsonWednesday, December 26, 2012 5:00:11 PMI'd like to see one better. Fire and EMS departments having arrest authority for when people interfere with their work.
I heard a British medic talking about it but I don't remember more than that anymore.
Jamie Alexander FrostThursday, December 27, 2012 5:25:04 AMI agree messing with the scene should be a big no-no; at full pressure would that hose have even noticed a car drive over it? ~100psi and the tire area hitting the line would be a good 6-50 square inches, several thousands pounds of back (lifting) force. The outer sheath probably doesn't like being driven into the ground like that though.
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Jason LowThursday, December 27, 2012 5:41:56 AMFire hoses generally have a test/burst pressure of 400 PSI with a normal operating pressure slightly north of 100. (Supply lines would be below that unless you have a ridiculously awesome water plant in your city.) I have seen hoses rupture from the insult of a vehicle driving over them, especially if hot or sharp components on the car's undercarriage come in contact with the hose. There are other impacts, though - on a supply line, the engine could suddenly have a period of no (or decreased) water pressure, which may cause problems down the line anywhere from a decreased output on the handlines to water hammer in the pump & lines; or worse yet, the crews could find themselves with no water pressure on their handlines (because a car is sitting on it blocking the flow), which is never a good thing when you're fighting a well-involved fire, offensively or defensively.
Glennon MayerSaturday, December 29, 2012 8:27:55 AMI love dogs but you can get a another one but can you get a new person if the supply lie would have broken cutting of water supply to the guys inside? She should go to jail and never be aloud to drive again.