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Gordon firefighters could do little at first but watch as flames destroyed their fire hall Thursday afternoon.
With their equipment trapped inside the burning building, they had to wait until neighboring departments arrived to help.
George Booth, Town of Gordon constable, said the building is a total loss, as are at least six trucks inside, including pumpers and tankers, a snowmobile and other emergency vehicles.
No one was hurt in the blaze that broke out just after noon, he added.
Gordon firefighters responded to a report of a structure fire at the fire hall around noon, Gordon Fire Chief Mike Chmielecki said at a 4 p.m. news conference near the burned-out fire hall. By the time firefighters arrived, smoke and flames were already coming from the metal-sided and -roofed building on Douglas County Highway Y.
Explosions inside the Gordon Fire Station and the resultant fire destroyed the station and all of the fire trucks and equipment early Thursday afternoon, Sept. 19, in the town of Gordon, Douglas County.
Gordon Fire Chief Mike Chmielecki said a report came in around noon of a fire at the station. First responders were met by smoke and flames and several small explosions.
“We were assuming that was part of the equipment on the trucks,” Chmielecki said of the explosions.
The first report said the fire and explosions were the result of lighting from a storm front that had moved into the area, but Chief Chmielecki said the fire started right before the storm had arrived.