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The frigid temperatures that descended on the city in the waning days of November also brought many hot fires - some deadly. In one 24-hour period, the Indianapolis Fire Department responded to 397 fire and emergency medical calls. Despite the fact that crew were attended to two or three fires on a shift, saddled with soaking, cold gear was not enough apparently to gain the support or sympathy of some passersby. "Huge flames and heavy smoke were blowing across the street and cars were trying to drive past it," an IFD news release said. "Firefighters were scrambling to place apparatus and lay hose lines as drivers drove right over their supply lines." So this holiday season, in addition to checking the batteries in smoke alarms and devising emergency exit plans for every person in a residence, use some common sense around emergency crews. "Do not drive over hose lines," IFD said. "By doing so you are putting firefighter's lives at even further risk by potentially cutting off their water supply to attack the fire."