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Brand new Springs fire truck falls into sinkhole

A fire truck sunk into a sinkhole early in the morning of Feb. 7, 2021.  The fire department...
A fire truck sunk into a sinkhole early in the morning of Feb. 7, 2021. The fire department says the sinkhole was caused by a water main break.(CSFD)
Published: Feb. 7, 2021 at 1:32 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - “Totally bad luck.”

Rescuers found themselves the rescuees after a brand new fire truck slid into a sinkhole Sunday morning.

The crew had just pulled up at a reported structure fire when they felt the ground sink beneath them.

“They parked in front of the house, then the street began to sink underneath the front of the engine,” said Lt. Brian Ebmeyer with the Colorado Springs Fire Department. “... All four of the guys were in the engine when it began to sink. As soon as they recognized it was going to sink, all of ‘em got out quickly, not knowing what they end result was going to be, if it was going to stop right there.”

A sinkhole had begun to form in the road in the exact spot the fire engine had parked.

“It’s completely coincidental that they happened to stop in front of the house,” Ebmeyer said. “The reason we got called out there was in the house, someone had heard a loud bang in the basement, which I think ... connected with the sinkhole being created unknown to engine 10 when they pulled up, but they ended up right over that sinkhole where it ended up dropping through the street.”

It took two wreckers to get the 42,000-pound truck out of the hole.

“One to lift it up and one to pull it backward to get it out.”

The original call for the fire was at 4 a.m., and it was well after sunrise when the truck was back on solid ground.

Firefighters found no evidence of fire and believe the noise the resident heard was a water main break.

“It was a water main break right below that section of the street that caused the soft spot in the street that allowed the engine to fall down into it,” Ebmeyer said. “... There was no structure fire, it was just the investigation of a loud noise in the basement. Unknown noise in the basement that turned out to be what we think was related to the water main break.”

The truck, which has only been in service since Jan. 21, was mostly no worse for the wear and able to return to the streets that same day.

“There was a little bit of damage to the front bumper of engine 10, but other than that after we thoroughly checked it out, there was no other damage to engine 10.”

All in all, it gave firefighters quite the story for their Sunday.

“That’s not not normally what we are up against. We never know what what things we’re going to come up against every day, but that’s not the run of the mill call for us to pull our pumper out of a out of a sinkhole.”

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