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.
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.”