A car crashed into a fire hydrant in the Beverly Crest area of Benedict Canyon, sending water shooting 200 feet into overhead power lines and onto a nearby house, whose occupants had to be helped outside by firefighters.
The driver fled the scene of the crash, which was reported around 11 p.m. Friday on Benedict Canyon Drive just north of Clear View Drive, said an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division.
The sheared hydrant sent water soaring 200 feet into the air, into overhead power lines and onto a nearby house, said a news photographer at the scene.
Firefighters helped a family of two adults and two kids, as well as a dog, make their way out of the home, which appeared to suffer some water damage to its interior, the photographer said.
Utility crews had to wait until 1:15 a.m. for a tow truck to remove the crashed silver sedan from atop the hydrant before they could fully stem the water flow, he said.