Irvine: Fire Hydrant Malfunction Floods Bank Roof, Parking Lot

10.19.2019 | 3:08 AM | IRVINE – The roof of a bank and a parking lot were flooded after a pipe ruptured beneath the foundation of a fire hydrant, early Saturday morning.

Authorities responded to reports of a fire hydrant problem outside the Bank of the West located in the 14400 block of Culver Drive around 3:08 AM.

Units arriving on scene located a geyser of water shooting from beneath the concrete foundation of a fire hydrant.

The force of the water pushed the foundation and the fire hydrant up at a 45-degree angle.

Crews quickly secured the flow of water to the hydrant but the geyser left the roof of the bank and nearby parking lot flooded.

Authorities believe the pipe serving the hydrant was old and ruptured beneath the foundation.

No foul play was suspected and hit-and-run was not believed to be involved.

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