10/03/13 186 W, 1 I - + 2 - 2 Vance County Fire Station Catches Fire

This Daily Dispatch story reports that Vance County Station 3 at 188 Bickett Street caught fire on Wednesday morning. Firefighters had departed their quarters about 8:00 a.m. for a tobacco barn blaze. At least two medical units there had also left the station, responding to unrelated medical emergencies. Left behind was a "pan breakfast with potatoes frying in grease." The Henderson Fire Department was called to the station shortly after 8:30 a.m.

Fire damaged some of the kitchen area, while smoke produced more extensive damage to the facility. Total estimate damages are upward of $50,000. The fire station will continue in operation, using a mobile command unit. One of the ambulances and its crew has been relocated to a city station downtown. They'll also be open for Fire Prevention Week. This year's theme is... prevent kitchen fires.

And the lesson remains a good one, as articulated by Henderson Fire Chief Danny Wilkerson, "No one is immune to the danger of a kitchen fire." Glad that the damage wasn't worse. Go easy on the busting-of-chops.

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