A broken six-inch water main that deprived five Arlington, VA houses of water caused enough saturation below a road to sink a fire truck.

WUSA9 reported that the apparatus fell into a sinkhole caused by the water leak at around 7 this morning.


The Pierce pumper can carry between 500 and 1500 gallons of water, and all up can weight north of 20 tons.

A massive wrecker was required to lift the front of the fire apparatus up by its front recovery points and carry it a few feet to solid ground. The pumper did not appear to be damaged, most are designed to allow for a little flex between the cab and the body.

Crews set to fixing the pipe after the truck had been removed.

Images: WUSA9