Turlock police are investigating a fire engine being attacked during what appeared to be a sideshow on Wednesday night near Donnelly Park.
Several videos of the fire truck being swarmed by people were posted to Snapchat. Some people were seen climbing on board and equipment, including hoses, could be seen being pulled from the engine. The Turlock Police Department told KCRA 3 that detectives were aware of the video.
Witnesses said it’s a problem that keeps getting worse.
“People act like it’s a roadway and it’s a parking lot. And they speed through everything,” said Andrea Morin of Modesto. “They act like they don’t have to follow any of the rules, and so it’s a concern.”
“It feels like every week there’s at least 10 more people being added each week, so it’s getting into a bigger group each and every week,” Haybert Engilian said.
He pointed to tire marks clearly visible on the ground. In one section of the lot, black circles show where cars were doing donuts. One row of stalls over, dark skid marks were left behind from multiple peel-outs.
But he’s never seen an attack on a fire truck before.
“It’s kind of reckless. You kind of back off from that scene because you don’t know what can happen next,” Engilian said. “You have people on top of the truck, pulling the hose away and all that.”
Turlock police told KCRA to contact the fire department for comment. The fire department said it would not comment until the police department’s investigation was complete, but did confirm none of its crew members were injured, the engine did not suffer any damage, and all of its equipment was recovered.
People in the community are concerned the incident could’ve prevented the crew from responding to an emergency.
“The safety of the public is very important. These things should not be happening because people want to go do fun things and there’s many people affected by it,” Morin said. “Instead of just putting themselves in danger, they’re putting other people in danger as well.”