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Athens fire station flooded

The sleeping quarters of the fire station were damaged during the flooding. (Photo: City of Athens) The sleeping quarters of the fire station were damaged during the flooding. (Photo: City of Athens)

The City of Athens' Fire Station No. 1 on Washington Street was flooded early Tuesday morning. A water pipe leading into the sprinkler system burst because of the single digit temperature.

It happened around 3 a.m. The bays are reportedly operational, but the living quarters and office area are not usable. Firefighters working there overnight heard a loud noise.

"They heard the line when it popped. One of the firefighters commented that he thought a vehicle had run into the building. It made that much noise when it ruptured. They began to get up and try to investigate, and all at once water began to come out of the ceiling. And shortly thereafter sheet rock started coming down," said Fire Chief Tony Kirk.

Two inches of water accumulated throughout the station and part of the ceiling fell through in the sleeping quarters. No injuries were reported.

The Alabama Fire College made two trailers available for housing use while repairs are made to the station. The trailers will provide living and sleeping quarters for the five-member crew at the station. Kirk said some electrical issues were discovered in the afternoon that will take a couple of days to fix. Until then, the firefighters will work out of the city's other two stations.

"The service will be the same. We run an engine here out of Station 1, along with our brush truck. And out battalion chief is also housed here. All three of those vehicles will still be run here as they regularly do," Kirk said.

According to Kirk, the repairs will take between two and four months.

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