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Fire station collapses on firetruck

Zach Boyden-Holmes
Damage this morning at fire station on Walton Way
Monday, June 25, 2012 11:13 AM
Last updated Tuesday, June 26, 2012 2:03 AM
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Firefighters on their way to a call just before 10 a.m. Monday had to stop when part of the fire station collapsed on the firetruck, officials said.

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City Administrator Fred Russell and Augusta Fire Chief Chris James survey the scene after a fire engine at Station 9 on Walton Way Extension hit the center column between the garage doors, which caused a large portion of the building front to collapse.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
City Administrator Fred Russell and Augusta Fire Chief Chris James survey the scene after a fire engine at Station 9 on Walton Way Extension hit the center column between the garage doors, which caused a large portion of the building front to collapse.

Augusta Fire Chief Chris James said it appeared some part of the fire engine at Station 9 on Walton Way Extension hit the center column between the garage doors, causing much of the front of the building to collapse.

“It’s pretty bad,” James said.

Although the collapse stopped the firetruck, James said it did not affect the response to the fire call. Another engine company picked the call up and responded immediately.

James said he is transferring crews to other stations on Washington Road and Flowing Wells Road while officials assess the damage and secure the building. He said it should not affect the response time for any call made in the Station 9 area.

Crews were unsure how extensive the damage was to the firetruck, which was covered with bricks from the falling building.

James said this is not the first time he’s seen a station damaged by a firetruck, but this is “probably the most extensive and unusual.”

City Administrator Fred Russell said, “They’re not going to be able to use (the station) for a while.”

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kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 06/25/12 - 11:53 am
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ROFL!!
Unpublished

Too funny!

Great driving guys and uh.....if I ever need the Fire Department, I'll be sure to call someone else!

Andytortoise
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Andytortoise 06/25/12 - 12:07 pm
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Oops.

Wanna get away?

texsmoke
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texsmoke 06/25/12 - 12:47 pm
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new

Thats one way to get a brand new station

kmb413
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kmb413 06/25/12 - 01:48 pm
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oops

I think someone pressed the door close button too soon!

allhans
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allhans 06/25/12 - 03:28 pm
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Drivers ed, maybe?

Drivers ed, maybe?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/25/12 - 03:33 pm
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Duh

City Administrator Fred (What, me worry?) Russell said, “They’re not going to be able to use (the station) for a while.”

Why did the reporter even bother asking him?

texsmoke
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texsmoke 06/25/12 - 04:37 pm
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little lamb

Chief I think I rule the world James probably called them just to see himself on tv.

noxiousfumes
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noxiousfumes 06/25/12 - 05:46 pm
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Wow, Fred. . . ya think??

Wow, Fred. . . ya think??

KSL
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KSL 06/25/12 - 11:11 pm
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Maybe the drivers need to

Maybe the drivers need to practice driving more. Or has the cost of fuel cut down on practice?

KSL
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KSL 06/25/12 - 11:18 pm
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Aiken firetruck drivers

Aiken firetruck drivers practice all the time.

KSL
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KSL 06/26/12 - 01:33 am
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Something is very wrong with

Something is very wrong with headline writing at the AC. The station didn't just spontaneously collapse. But just reading the headline, one might be lead to believe that there was structural failure of unknown origin that occurred simultaneously with a fire call. This is not the only really bad headline just today.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 06/26/12 - 07:55 am
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Good point

You are spot on, KSL.

Hey, has anybody considered the possibility that this was a prank, or horseplay? Some employee probably wrapped a chain around the pole and tied it to the fire engine. Then when the engine took off, the chain yanked the pole down.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/26/12 - 08:43 am
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Anxious pancxious

Someone just a little too eager to turn that darn theeeng.

fftaz71
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fftaz71 06/26/12 - 11:44 am
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firehouse collapse

You know, Ive driven fire apparatus and it seems to me that the only damage on this truck is in the back...where the building appears to have collapsed on IT. IF they had hit the center column hard enough to collapse it, I would think there'd be damage somewhere on the side of that rig. While these rigs carry alot of important equipment around, they are easily damaged with even a mild impact. From the mirrors back this rig is the same width...and it is clean in the video. Also James doesnt make any mention in the video that the engine hit the column...he said they didnt know what caused the collapse. Id be interested to see what the builder specs were on this structure....

Old fire guy
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Old fire guy 06/26/12 - 02:04 pm
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Cause and repair

Looks like the upper rear compartment door is a little tweaked. Probably up when they went out. Did Tommy & 1-800-BoardUp get the temp on this one?

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