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Manilla Fire Station considered to be a total loss


May 5th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters in Manilla didn’t have far to travel to fight a blaze late last night. That’s because it was right next door to the fire station at 533 Main Street, in downtown Manilla. The Irwin Fire Department was one of several area departments which responded to help fight the blaze.

The fire destroyed two buildings and caused extensive damage to the Manilla Fire station, located next door. Irwin Fire Chief Lynn Gaskill said the fire broke out just after 10:30-pm, Wednesday, in a vacant building next to the station.

He says two firefighters were driving through town and saw flames coming from a building next door. They ran into the fire station and grabbed their equipment, moved the trucks and ambulance, and made a call for help. At least seven area fire departments responded.

The abandoned building that caught fire was formerly a blacksmith shop. Gaskill says the shop located next door to the fire station held antiques. A second, nearby structure had served as a residence, but was unoccupied. It was also destroyed by the flames.

Gaskill estimated the fire station was a total loss as well. He says the steel beams in the building were warped, and several pieces of equipment, including the firefighters’ bunker gear, radios and more were destroyed or damaged beyond repair.

The State Fire Marshall was in Manilla this morning, assessing the damage. A cause for the fire has not yet been determined. uniforms and some equipment were lost in the blaze, but there were no reports of injuries. Firefighters were kept busy this (Thursday) morning as well, after the smoldering mess re-kindled.