Narrow road

Crews rescue LAFD fire truck that was stuck on narrow muddy road in Rose Hills neighborhood


ROSE HILLS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Crews from the Rose Hills neighborhood near Lincoln Heights on Friday night secured a fire engine after it wobbled along a narrow, muddy road – a rescue effort which lasted about six hours.

The LAFD fire truck was responding to a call about a structural fire and got stuck on the muddy road along a hill in the 4200 block of W. Rose Hill Drive at around 5:30 pm.

After an effort of several hours, the crews secured the front and rear of the truck and were able to back the truck a few feet before slowly moving it forward using a construction vehicle.

Once the truck managed to come back onto a more solid surface of the road, the crews were able to pull it back to safety.

Prior to the rescue, at least one wheel of the LAFD fire truck appeared to be hanging over the side of the road, and another truck was preparing to rescue the vehicle which was at risk of catastrophic fall.

Four firefighters were inside the 40,000-pound platform, but they escaped uninjured.

Crews emptied the 500 gallons of water from the engine tank and secured the platform, and waited for an excavator to arrive to lower it downhill.

LAFD said the small garbage fire to which the truck was responding was extinguished before arrival.

“We are not aware of any danger to nearby structures. The engine will soon be winched and pulled out of its dilemma by LAFD tractors assisted by the LAFD Heavy Rescue Unit and, if necessary, by search and rescue personnel. LAFD urban rescue, ”LAFD said.

Residents of two houses have been asked to evacuate as a precaution. Longtime residents of the neighborhood say the neighborhood’s steep hillside roads are in need of repair.

There were no reports of injuries.

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