Pipe Bursts, Floods Athens Fire Station No. 1

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Athens Fire Station No. 1 was damaged by flooding early Tuesday morning.

Holly Hollman, Communications Specialist for the City of Athens, said a three-inch line in the sprinkler system ruptured around 3 a.m., flooding the station.  The line broke in about five places, and about two inches of water accumulated through the station, causing parts of the ceiling to cave in over the sleeping quarters.  No one was hurt, though.

Hollman says the bays for the trucks are operational but the living quarters and office area are not usable.  Firefighters are seeing what furniture, uniforms, gear, etc. can be salvaged.

An insurance representative has surveyed the damage, and a company will start cleanup today.

The Alabama Fire College is going to bring two trailers to the fire station for use for housing while repairs are made to the station. Fire Chief Tony Kirk said the two trailers will provide living and sleep quarters for the five-member crew. The trailers will be housed in the bay with the fire engines. This will allow firefighters to respond to emergencies on the west side of the city as usual while repairs are made, which could take at least 60 days.

Chief Kirk thanked everyone who has offered to assist the department, such as Athens Police, Limestone County EMA, Limestone County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies.