According to Brazil City Fire Chief Jim Smith, the congested roadway was too narrow for the fire engine because of several parked cars and a trailer.
"We were on the way to an active structure fire," Smith told The Brazil Times. "We had to get there, and, unfortunately, the engine struck the trailer."
Both vehicles received minor damage.
While Smith didn't know if the unidentified owner fixed the trailer tires, he confirmed repairs to a bent exhaust pipe were completed Wednesday afternoon without having to take the fire engine out of service.
Brazil's narrow streets, along with the addition of more and more vehicles being parked on the streets, is an issue not only for the fire department, but also for other larger city vehicles -- like garbage trucks.
"It's been a real nightmare for years," he said. "The guys on the garbage trucks deal with it all the time. People don't pay attention to how they park and block the roads. Just because a compact car can get down the road, doesn't mean other cars can."
Smith encourages drivers to remember the "what ifs" when parking in the city.
"What if there's an emergency at a relative's or a friend's house? They'd want emergency responders to get there as quickly as possible, and they might not be able to if vehicles are parked too close together," Smith said, adding a state law requires roads are kept open for traffic. "People need to use common sense and take the time to make sure there's room for other vehicles to get through the street."