It took a local tow truck company several hours to remove the Station 40 fire engine from the Publix parking lot on Saturday.
TAMPA (FOX 13) -
A fire engine belonging to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue got stuck in a Publix Parking lot early Saturday morning when some pavement gave way.
The incident occurred just after 9 a.m. at the retail grocery store at the corner of Nebraska Ave. and Clear Lane.
Fortunately nobody was injured but the vehicle suffered some significant back end damage.
"We were going to pick up some groceries for the day and when we went to leave a portion over a drainage vault gave way," said Wayne Hicks, battalion chief for HCFR station 40. "It took some specialized equipment to get it out; some rear springs broke and the rear axle may be as well."
It took several hours to remove the engine from the hole. The vehicle was transported from the scene on a flatbed tow truck. It will be out of service for a few days for repairs.
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