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Southern Indiana Fire House, Equipment Destroyed In Fire

Posted at 8:10 AM, Dec 18, 2018

DEPUTY, Ind. (WAVE 3) – A volunteer fire department suffered extensive damage in a fire on Monday, despite a large effort by neighboring agencies to help put it out.

It happened around 11:40 a.m. at the Deputy Volunteer Fire Department on Mulberry Street.

The fire reportedly burned for an hour before firefighters could get it under control.

Officials say four trucks were inside the station when the fire started. They were able to get a brush truck out, but the other three were destroyed.

“To replace those trucks it’s gonna cost a million dollars,” Madison Township Fire Department Chief Robert Black said. “And the building itself is another $250,000 to $300,000 more.”

According to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Captain Keith Hartman, the building was substantially damaged and the roof partially collapsed.

Hartman said other agencies have already put together a plan to loan extra gear and trucks to the department. He also said arrangements to temporarily move the station to another building in town were being made.

No one was inside the station when the fire started. The cause of the fire is under investigation.