The City Got Every Last Day Out of It That They Could
THE TOLEDO, OHIO, FIRE DEPARTMENT had to shut down and vacate Station 3 on a moment's notice Thursday evening when the bay floor buckled.
Fire Station 3 (Google Street View)
The firehouse has been in service for 85 years since it was built in 1927. As the building has been deteriorating over the years, fire engines have been getting progressively heavier. Finally, the rusting I-beams supporting the bay floor started losing their battle when the duty shift noticed new cracks in the floor and investigation disclosed some slight buckling. The crew and apparatus were immediately relocated to Station 13. The Toledo Blade reported:
Crews had noticed a crack in the floor before, but even with the damage, the floor was still level. On Thursday, firefighters realized the floor had buckled, creating a precarious situation for personnel and equipment.
"Chief Santiago didn't want to take any chances with this," Lieutenant Hertzfeld said. "We could have a rig back in and fall through or firefighters could be stepping off the rig. Who knows what could happen?"
The city had already begun plans to build a new station to serve that area, so they have a bit of a head start on it. Fire Chief Santiago says that they will be able to maintain acceptable coverage from Sta.13 and the 2nd-due companies until a more permanent solution can be made.
WTVG-TV Ch. 13 filed this video report:
The Toledo Blade has the STORY.
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