Anaheim Fire Dept. Gives Real-World Example Of Why Hydrants Are No-Parking Zones

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ANAHEIM (CBSLA) — Firefighters in Anaheim demonstrated recently why drivers should avoid parking in front of a fire hydrant.

Anaheim Fire & Rescue posted several pictures Tuesday of a car parked in the red zone in front of a fire hydrant that was needed to battle a blaze across the street.

The department said this was a “working fire” meaning the apartment was actively on fire– which forced them to break the car windows. 

Both rear windows of the Nissan sedan were broken out, and the fire hose threaded through the car in order to reach the hydrant.

“Is a closer parking spot worth the broken windows and the citation and the towing fees to @AnaheimPD?” the department asked? “@City_of_Anaheim residents please do not park in fire lanes.”

According to the California Vehicle Code, the fine for parking in front of a fire hydrant is $80.

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