Fire engine gets stuck in sinkhole on Indianapolis’ south side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 17, 2014) – Indianapolis firefighters ran into trouble while trying to respond to a fire Monday night.

IFD Engine 29 got stuck in a sinkhole on the city’s south side. The truck was on its way to a fire in the 1400 block of Finley Avenue around 8:40 p.m. when it fell into the sinkhole near Boyd and Finley. The hole was approximately 4 feet by 8 feet.

The fire was minimal and extinguished within a minute. The house, a single-story residence, was unoccupied.

Fire officials said the firetruck was not damaged and remains in service. Additionally, no firefighters were injured.

The manager of Citizens Energy Group, Dan Considine, said the sinkhole was caused by the collapse of a combined sanitary and storm sewer.  The collapse of the 50-year-old sewer was caused by the failure of a storm drain pipe, which caused water to wash out the area beneath the sewer.  Considine said sewer and water main collapses are becoming more common across Indianapolis due to aging infrastructure.

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