Fire at Vermont firehouse
A blaze Tuesday morning heavily damaged the home base of the Randolph Village Fire Department.
The call came in around 6:19 a.m.
Fire officials believe the blaze started near the primary engine, but state police fire investigators will determine exactly what happened.
That engine, a rescue truck, a tanker truck and all of the station’s equipment was damaged or destroyed in the fire. Luckily, the station’s second engine was not in the building when the fire broke out.
Chief Jay Collette, of the Randolph Village Fire Department, said he was “awe-struck” at having to confront a fire at his own station.
“No fire chief wants this in their own house,” Collette said. “But we’ll deal with it. That’s what we do.
Collette said the department’s primary fire engine, only four years old, was lost in the fire. He valued the piece of equipment at $450,000.
Police confirm #fire at the fire station in #Randolph. Stay w/ @WCAX for more on this developing story #VT @WCAX_Adam pic.twitter.com/4JVXEmd72P
— Eva McKend (@evamckend) September 1, 2015
A fire truck destroyed by flames sits in the bay of the Randolph #VT village fire department. pic.twitter.com/e7sxqybiaW
— Jack Thurston (@JackNECN) September 1, 2015
Scene of the early morning blaze that destroyed the Randolph Village Fire Station @WVNYWFFF pic.twitter.com/nDH45n3Tfg
— Rene Thibault-22/44 (@ReneThibault1) September 1, 2015