Pennsauken Township (NJ) Run Hose Through Car Parked in Front of Fire Hydrant

It’s 4:17 a.m. and four firefighters need to make snap decisions. A vacant house along Sherwood Terrace is on fire, but occupants may be inside, neighbors relayed, reports nj.com.

The fire hydrant that first responders need to hook their hose up to is blocked by a parked vehicle. What do you do?

“We exhausted the alternatives,”¬†Pennsauken fire Chief Jospeh Palumbo said of finding a water source during the “critical time period” when the first crews on scene arrive and get to work.

Palumbo, who arrived on scene shortly after the first fire truck arrived, said they were “left with no choice” but no break the rear driver’s side and front passenger’s side windows on a black Honda SUV as to get a hose from the hydrant to the engine.

The possible incendiary fire may have been sparked by squatters, the chief said, adding that the second closest fire hydrant was also blocked by another parked vehicle and trash cans.

The sergeant added that the police department hadn’t heard from any neighbors near the scene regarding the response and towing of vehicles only occurs if it has been in the same spot for awhile.

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