A broken fire hydrant spews water. Photo: Alicia Abramson

A fire hydrant that had been repaired on Wednesday broke off at its base Thursday around 8:30 am on Fulton Street near Durant. It spewed gallons of water into the air for about 20 minutes before the fire department turned it off. The water rushed down to Channing and onto Shattuck Avenue, slowing the morning commute. Fire officials speculated that whoever repaired the hydrant did not affix the seal properly, allowing it to tip over.

Photo: Alicia Abramson
Two firefighters examine broken hydrant. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel

Frances Dinkelspiel (co-founder) is a journalist and author. Her first book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California,...

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  1. “speculated that whomever repaired the hydrant did not affix the seal properly”

    If I may be allowed a nitpick, that should be “whoever.”

    The easy way to decide whether to use “who” or “whom” is to substitute “he” and “him” to see which sounds right. You would say “speculated that he repaired the hydrant” rather than “speculated that him repaired the hydrant,” so you should use “who.”

  2. Wow, that’s some spectacularly lousy repair work, but it makes for some interesting photographs!

    I hope the City investigates whoever did the faulty repair work that resulted in this mess and terminates their contract.