Fire breaks out at Plymouth fire station

Firefighters battling blaze at own fire station; fire truck, building damaged

By Mia Cuesta - Producer , Will Jones - Reporter

PLYMOUTH, Mich. - Firefighters found themselves battling a blaze inside a Plymouth fire station after one of their trucks caught fire. The fire destroyed the $300,000 truck and damaged the station early Sunday morning.

"I have been at this business 49 years and not have had a fire at our station. You read about them in magazine but don't expect them to happen to you," said Plymouth Fire Chief Jim Allen.

Around 4 a.m. Plymouth officers smelled smoke coming from the nearby fire station on South Main. Within minutes firefighters were on scene, ready to battle the fire at their own station.

"We're very fortunate that we have firefighters that live very close and got the trucks out," said Allen.

No firefighters were here at the time of the fire because they are a paid on-call department. The fire destroyed the truck and caused some damaged the fire house.

No one was injured.

City leaders made the decision to close down the fire house and move operations to an unoccupied station at Wilcox and Schoolcraft.

They also set up automatic mutual aid with Plymouth Township to make sure fire service isn't compromised.

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