Fire hydrant thefts leave South L.A. neighborhood unprotected from flames

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A series of fire hydrant thefts in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood of South Los Angeles has left residents without a working hydrant near their homes.

The thefts of four hydrants near the intersection of 82nd Street and Hooper Avenue mean the block doesn’t have even one operating hydrant, KTLA’s Jennifer McGraw reports.

“It’s beyond annoying,” area resident Krystail Cousins said. “Why would you steal a fire hydrant? What are you going to do with a fire hydrant? … Now you have a whole neighborhood of houses that are in danger because we have no access for our fire department.”

Similar thefts have occurred in Lynwood, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Work is underway to replace the hydrants and install locks to prevent future thefts.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.