We all know the rules: You’re not supposed to park in front of a fire hydrant.
It’s illegal and dangerous. But knowing the rules and following them don’t always go hand in hand. And it seems like BMW drivers have a penchant for not following the rules.
Or maybe they just think BMW really does stand for “Break My Windows.”
A BMW owner learned the hard way why it’s never smart to park in front of a New York City hydrant — after a blaze broke out nearby and Bronx firefighters busted two of his windows to run their hose.
Firefighters came across the offending 2005 5-Series sedan after rushing to a burning three-story building at Holland Avenue and E. 212 Street at around 3:30 a.m. on Friday.
The car was parked smack in front of the hydrant, and out of expediency or frustration — or maybe a bit of both — the firefighters smashed the front side-door windows on the driver and passenger side.
Then they positioned their hose to give it the most direct route to the fire: across the sports car’s leather front seats.
His front window was fine, not counting the ticket under the windshield wiper citing him for parking at a hydrant and for a bogus “USPS” parking placard on his dashboard, police said.
The ticket should run him a total of $180, according to city records, and that’s on top of the several hundreds it will cost to replace the glass.
Tey didn’t have to do that!” the owner, who declined to give his name, said of the FDNY.
He’d parked the BMW there for the past four days, he admitted, after the battery died on the car’s keyless remote.
“I don’t always leave it there,” he said of the car, which bore New Hampshire plates.
The FDNY, meanwhile, declined to comment on the creative hose maneuver.
It took firefighters nearly two hours to get the Holland Avenue blaze under control, with two smoke-eaters suffering minor injuries, according to officials.