WATER MAIN BREAK IN CA CAUSES ENGINE TO FALL IN SINK HOLE

     

Saturday, December 7, 2013 Sometimes a firefighter's worst enemy is water.

A devastating water main break in Castro County, Calif. on Friday caused a massive sinkhole to open up in the street, pulling in a fire truck, Patch reports.

The break occurred at around 7 p.m., dispatchers told the site. Water flowed into several houses, causing damage. The gaping, 10-foot by 15-foot sinkhole was big enough to partially swallow the 40,000 pound emergency vehicle, Contra Costa Times reports.

Nobody was injured, but there was extensive damage to equipment and nearby homes. Heavy towing machines were used to pull the fire truck out.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the break.

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