Members of the Flat Rock Volunteer Fire Department heard a familiar address go out over the emergency scanners on Thursday morning – their own.
The volunteers rushed from home to find their fire station on County Road 14 fully engulfed in flames. It happened around 4:15 a.m. A fire truck and rescue truck were both severely damaged, as was a good amount of the group’s fire fighting gear. Helmets, jackets, boots, air tanks and fire retardant pants were all destroyed in the blaze.
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.
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