Thanks to Randy Yardumian for sending this to STATter911.com.
The Stockton fire department caught fire Tuesday, Feb. 25, around 11 a.m. The Stockton police chief said heavy smoke poured out of the building upon arrival.
The crew was able to get a pumper out of the building to help control the fire until surrounding fire departments arrived, but most equipment and fire trucks inside have been damaged or destroyed.
A woman walking her dog near the fire station shortly after 11 a.m. noticed smoke coming from the building, according to the Rev. Mike Morrissey, of nearby Holy Cross Catholic Church. The woman, who was not identified, ran to the church to call the police, Morrissey said.
Most of Stockton’s fire equipment was inside the burning building, according to Stockton Police Chief LaDon Trost. Firefighters’ gear also was in the building, forcing them to fight the blaze in casual attire, he said.