The collapsed roof of the River Falls fire department building. (Sept. 1, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The roof of a Greenville County fire department collapsed early Saturday morning.
It happened in River Falls, no one was hurt or inside the building when it fell apart but now the department is stuck without a home for their trucks and equipment. Structural damage caused the building's roof to cave in.
The collapse was not a surprise to the firefighters, they said they had been warned this would happen.
A contractor told the members of the department two months ago the building would most likely collapse. It's trusses had fallen apart, causing the roof to drop and the walls to push out.
The crew then emptied the station of its vehicles and tools. They are now parking the fire trucks in department member driveways, and storing the tools wherever there is room.
"Right now supplies are stored in a barn, in another station down the highway and in someone's shed," said firefighter Lois Keenan.
The hopeful plan now is to build a new one, with a $750,000 price tag. While they have been able to maintain response time to emergencies without the building, they say it hasn't been easy.
The money to rebuild will come from tax dollars, as well as donations. The department is hoping the community will help them continue to save lives.
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