Two men, aged 19 and 66, were arrested a short time later.
A fire engine has been stolen from a station in Co Antrim and crashed into a number of nearby cars and houses.
Larne station was broken into and a fire engine was stolen.
The Northern Ireland Fire Service are working to maintain services in Larne. One of them was treated for injuries.
Police said there was “substantial damage” to the station during the break-in.
A fire engine has been stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses.
Resident Thomas Jobling said he was woken by a “horrendous bang” at about 4:30 a.m. (0430 GMT).
One care was flipped on its roof during the incident.
‘We were thinking again there is obviously a reason for it, but then realised the fire engine has got here far too quickly.
A disastrous, predawn joyride in a fire engine early Saturday landed two men in jail, authorities in Northern Ireland said.
Police did not say what the men were doing before they stole the fire engine or if they were intoxicated.
DUP MLA Gordon Lyons said that the theft of a fire engine was an appalling act that put lives at risk.
“They need to understand the consequences and seriousness of their actions and I hope that the police ensure that happens”.