Driver runs over hose in street, knocking down and injuring LAFD firefighter
The department warned drivers never to cross a fire hose, saying “the potential for life-altering injuries is very real”
By Don Sweeney
The Charlotte Observer
A driver ran over a fire hose at a Los Angeles blaze, knocking down and injuring a firefighter, California officials reported.
Firefighters were called to a fire outside Synthetic Grass Depot in Tarzana at 4:49 a.m. Monday, March 13, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert.
While they fought the blaze, a civilian vehicle ran over a 4-inch hose in the street, knocking down a firefighter, the alert said. The firefighter suffered minor injuries.
“Due to the location of the nearest fire hydrant to an incident, it is sometimes necessary (we avoid it whenever possible) to cross streets with the large diameter supply line,” firefighters wrote.
The alert warned drivers never to cross a fire hose, saying “the potential for life-altering injuries is very real.”
Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene through the morning to finish mopping up the blaze, the alert said.
Tarzana is a neighborhood about 40 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.