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Firefighters Escape Fire In Their Own Station

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The firefighters were sleeping on the second floor of the West Concord station when they were woken up by smoke detectors and a haze of smoke around 12:45 a.m. local time.

They called the main station for help and the chief said all three got out “just in time.”

“You’re being woken up out of a sound sleep and the fire is not down the street,” Concord Fire Chief Mark Cotreau said. “The fire is at your place.”

The firefighters escaped and called for help. They could not fight the fire on their own because flames blocked them from accessing their equipment.

“We’re very fortunate they were able to exit the rear door of the building, but they were not able to get into the apparatus floor or to access any of their gear,” Cotreau said.

Cotreau said the fire started on the first floor near one of the trucks, but the cause is not yet known and may take several days to determine.

This fire engine was damaged in the fire. (WBZ-TV)

“The investigation is focused on the centre bay, where most of the fire damage is,” he said.

One engine was heavily damaged. Another engine and an ambulance both have smoke and heat damage.

According to the chief, the gear damaged runs about $3,000 a set and the engines cost nearly $500,000 apiece.

 

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