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Athens fire station reopens after winter storm damage

Fire Station 1 reopened Monday, with a new roof, new pipes and a fresh coat of paint. Fire Station 1 reopened Monday, with a new roof, new pipes and a fresh coat of paint.
Sprinkler pipes burst during January's cold snap, severely damaging the station. Sprinkler pipes burst during January's cold snap, severely damaging the station.
ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

Athens Fire & Rescue Chief Tony Kirk said Monday that firefighters moved back into Fire Station No. 1 following winter storm-related damage.

During January's cold snap, pipes in the station's sprinkler system burst, causing extensive water damage throughout the building. Firefighters had been operating from the offices of the Limestone County Emergency Management Agency since the incident. 

There was no disruption in service during the transition.

The city's insurance paid all but the $5,000 deductible for the repairs, which officials said totaled just under $33,000.

In an effort to prevent the pipes from bursting in the future, officials said the new pipes were covered and then insulated. They said this will help prevent insulation from falling away from the pipes.

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