A roughly 40,000-pound fire engine that became stuck in mud along a narrow street in Lincoln Heights was eventually extracted from the quagmire in an effort that took close to seven hours, fire department officials said Saturday.
The truck became trapped about 5 p.m. Friday in a muddy shoulder near 2667 N. Paradise Drive, off North Mission Road, according to Brian Humphrey with the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Firefighters were able to pull the truck from the sludge at 11:51 p.m., according to the LAFD’s Margaret Stewart.
No injuries were reported.
Crews had been called there on a report of a structure fire, but the incident “proved to be only a small non-injury rubbish fire that was completely extinguished prior to LAFD arrival,” Humphrey said, adding that the delay didn’t impact the outcome of the call.
The engine, one of several that responded to the call, was stabilized and did not appear damaged. It was towed by tractors “assisted by the LAFD Heavy Rescue Unit and as necessary, LAFD Urban Search and Rescue personnel,” Humphrey said.
Fire department officials were taking their time removing the engine in order to minimize damage to the engine or neighborhood.
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