Ester Volunteer Fire Department roof collapses leaving firetrucks trapped
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Heavy snow load caused the roof of Ester Volunteer Fire Department to collapse early Sunday Morning. According to Fire Chief Jeff Conner, the four people in building at the time all made it out safely and without injury.
The part of the roof that collapsed was over the main bay of the station, and it trapped their main response vehicles under the debris. Conner says the damage is extensive and will likely take over a month to fix.
After the roof is lifted off of the trucks, they will assess the damage and have them repaired.
The station is working to get two of their reserve trucks operational to continue providing fire coverage. Conner said that thanks to the help of other stations, residents in their area never lost service.
“There has been no interruption in service for fire and ambulance service. Chena Goldstream and University are the two nearest station, so they are covering meanwhile. We hope to be response ready sometime tomorrow, we should be responding again,” Conner said.
The collapse was covered by insurance, and Conner says contractors have already begun to work on repairing the building.
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