Fire destroyed a fire station in Jackson County overnight.
Volunteer firefighters in Flat Rock raced to their own station to find hoses and helmets surrounded by flames.
“It’s very sad to look at all the work over the years that we’ve put into it,” firefighter Zach Cagle said.
“We get a call this morning at approximately 4:13 to be en route to 9898 County Road 14 for a structure fire.”
That’s the address for Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Station No. 3, which was the main station in Flat Rock until Station No. 5 opened about five years ago.
“Everybody’s heart sank a little bit whenever we heard that, with all the equipment and stuff we have over here,” Cagle said.
Station No. 3 housed helmets, hoses, turnout gear, air tanks, and gallons of foam.
There were also two fire trucks, one of which sustained significant damage.
As the first group of firefighters battled flames, the second group pulled out as much gear as they could, particularly air tanks which were a potential hazard due to heat and pressure.
Units from Bryant, Higdon, and Rosalie added aid and the fire was out within 10 minutes, but more help is needed for recovery.
“Everything basically that a fire department needs to run we’ve lost today in this station,” Cagle said.
“Any equipment that anybody would be willing to donate, we would greatly appreciate it.”
An investigator from the Alabama Fire Marshal’s office was at the scene Thursday morning but did not release the cause of the fire.