Neb. firefighters break car’s windows to use hydrant

While responding to a structure fire, crews had to thread the fire hose through the windows in order to secure water supply


By FireRescue1 Staff

OMAHA, Neb. — Firefighters were forced to break the windows of a vehicle illegally parked in front of a fire hydrant Sunday. 

While responding to a structure fire, the firefighters had to thread the fire hose through the car’s windows in order to secure water supply, reported WOWT. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire; there were no injuries. 

Firefighters had to break the windows of a vehicle to secure water supply. (Photo/Omaha Sgt. Allen Straub)
Firefighters had to break the windows of a vehicle to secure water supply. (Photo/Omaha Sgt. Allen Straub)

“We want to save as much property as possibly and hopefully there’s nobody in the structure or building, but we want to get those people out,” Omaha Battalion Chief Steven Thornburg told KETV

The owner of the vehicle, a resident in the area, reportedly parked in front of the hydrant due to a lack of parking space in the neighborhood.

“We always tell my brother, if he has to go farther then go farther … and this time he got caught,” Jesus Castillo, the vehicle owner’s brother, said. 

Chief Thornburg said going above or below the vehicle would not be effective due to the amount of water and pressure in the hose.

“As soon as it’s charged, it's not moveable, it’s too heavy, it’s very stiff,” Chief Thornburg said. 

Officials said the vehicle was towed and the owner received a citation.

 

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