Hearne VFD engine destroyed in station fire
UPDATED: Friday, February 8, 2013 - 4:48pm
HEARNE, Tx (KYLE) — There was a fire in Hearne Thursday at a very unlikely place -- the volunteer fire department.
The tables were turned Thursday evening for the Hearne Volunteer Fire Department when a blaze ignited at their West Second Street station.
"My lieutenant was over at the police department and he saw smoke coming out of the building and he notified us," said Police Chief Thomas Williams. "By the time we came over here our engine and our building two was fully engulfed in flames."
With their primary engine up in flames and oxygen air packs inside the building, it took more than an hour and a half to get the fire under control.
By the time the smoke cleared, the damage was already done.
"That's our first responding truck to house fires and our main truck," said Chief Williams. "We do have another engine we can take out but it's going to be a really hard hit until we can get another one in service."
Until the damaged truck can be replaced the city will have to rely on other area agencies to assist.
"Our community should still feel safe, we'll take care of them."
Chief Williams estimates the damage at more than $250,000 dollars.
The cause of the fire is unknown but we're told the truck was used on a call about 45 minutes before the blaze started.