MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Highway 157 is closed between Hampton Road and Highway 55 due to a large fire at Danville Fire Station #2.
The fire started about 7 a.m. Officials say no one was at the station at the time. Several departments responded to help put out the flames. They brought in water, and had to run a water line to a hydrant about a mile away.
Two fire department vehicles were destroyed in the fire – an ambulance and a rescue truck. A third vehicle, a service truck, is currently in a repair shop, so it was not in the building.
“I can definitely say that we were completely covered with insurance so, you know, everything will be replaced,” says fire chief David Riggins.
Danville’s newer, larger trucks are kept at Station 1, and were not affected. The fire chief says after crews finish putting out this fire, they will still be able to service the area.
Danville Station 2 is a working fire department – and it’s a site where medical helicopters can land if they need to pick up someone for a quick flight to a hospital.
There’s no word yet on the cause of the fire. The State Fire Marshal has been called in.
Several fire stations responded to help, including Danville, Massey, Punkin Center, Falkville, Hartselle and Speake.
“Trinity, Battleground — I mean they came from everywhere; Hartselle — when fire departments need help they come, no matter what.”
Riggins says Friday morning’s call was like that of no other for his volunteers.
“My members built this station,” explains Riggins, “I mean we had the building erected but everything inside, we built it; we did all the work, laid all the tile, installed the sheet rock — there was a lot put into it and it’s devastating.”
This map shows the portion of Highway 157 that was closed due to the fire.
The total loss at station #2 may be devastating for its members, but the chief says they won’t allow it to devastate those they serve.
“As far as the community, they won’t miss any service whatsoever,” Riggins assures. “We’ve got another station that’s fully equipped, all of our newest equipment is there so we’ll be able to handle our coverage area with no problem.”
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