ANAHEIM (CBSLA) – A viral photo of a car’s windows broken out after the driver parked in front of a fire hydrant has received some unexpected criticism.

When firefighters have seconds to act, they will do whatever it takes to put out a fire, including smashing the windows of a car parked illegally in the way.

RELATED: Anaheim Fire Gives Real-World Example Of Why Hydrants Are No-Parking Zones

But when Sgt. Daron Wyatt posted the picture, he got some unexpected backlash.

“Some people thought we posted the picture to humiliate somebody, we did not. We wanted to illustrate and educate,” Sgt. Wyatt said. “We had a few people that really questioned why we didn’t put the hose underneath the car, around the car or over the car. We wanted to demonstrate to those people that it just isn’t feasible to do that. It reduced the flow of the water because of the kink of the hose and it’s just not possible.

In a video posted Friday by Anaheim Fire & Rescue, firefighters demonstrated slowing the flow of water by going around the car could have had disastrous effects.

“Most people think that they can park in front of a fire hydrant and nothing’s gonna happen, and in a lot of times that’s true. But we do have these instances where there is an actual fire, and in this case, it came in as a residential fire with people trapped inside,” Sgt. Wyatt said.

Eight people got out safe.

“As the owner of the car, I would have been mad. But if that’s the only way to do it, then I guess,” said Anaheim resident Bianca Serrano.

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

Anaheim Fire & Rescue later said the car was ticketed and towed because the registration was more than six months overdue.

Comments (3)
  1. America Usofa says:

    the fine is almost laughable compared to the potential losses…the fine should be $2000 to deter anyone from doing such things

  2. Patty Kirk says:

    Hooray for the firefighters!!!
    There’s so much illegal parking in my neighborhood that I got hit by an SUV because someone
    decided it was ok to park on the sidewalk, on the driveway apron, and in the bike lane. The woman who hit me, while riding my bike, acted like it was nothing. I let her know at my age (68) she could have seriously hurt or even killed me. Didn’t phase her in the least.

  3. When time is of the essence..there is no time for an ignorant vehicle park job , BLOCKING fire hydrants, with no requard for the law . Owner should be JAILED with fine included. As a retired California Fireman , I’ve seen it on my watch. But the driver always have an excuse… too much !

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