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Boston Fire catches flak for sparing BMW parked in front of hydrant - Metro US

Boston Fire catches flak for sparing BMW parked in front of hydrant

The Boston Fire Department defended itself on Twitter Sunday after receiving several comments criticizing fire officials who did not bust out the windows of a BMW that was parked in front of a fire hydrant during a South End fire earlier that day.

Two firefighters were injured and eight residents were displaced after a three-alarm fire broke out in a South End apartment building at 64 Rutland St. early Sunday morning.

Fire fighters had the blaze knocked out around 8 a.m., but while chronicling their response on Twitter, @BostonFire revealed in an official tweet that a BMW was blocking a nearby fire hydrant.

A photograph showed a firefighter attempting to connect a fire hose to the hydrant, with the BMW parked snuggly against the curb. The caption read, “This never helps.”

Hours later, around 1:20 p.m., the department said they received “lots of comments” asking why responders did not smash the window of the car.

“We don’t intentionally damage things,” @BostonFire tweeted. “In this case. Nothing was to be gained from going through car. The only goal is to get water as quickly as possible… [The]Purpose of posting the photo is to remind all firefighters need access to hydrants. Help us Help you when there is a fire.”

The fire department often defersquestions related to fire emergencies to their Twitter timeline.

Investigators later revealed that Sunday’s fire was sparked by a halogen lamp.

Flames were mostly contained in the third-floor apartment, which “will be unoccupied for a while,” Boston Fire spokesman Steve MacDonald told The Boston Globe.

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