Wampum VFD Loses 3 Vehicles & Equipment In Station Fire

WAMPUM (KDKA) – A Lawrence County fire department lost vehicles and some equipment in a fire late Tuesday evening.

Flames were seen coming from the roof of a garage at the Wampum Volunteer Fire Department around 11:30 p.m.

Crews say it appears the fire started in a pickup truck inside the garage and spread.

The assistant chief actually saw the flames and managed to get a truck out to start the fight.

“We’re all volunteer, work hard for the money for the building, put a lot of heart and soul into it and something like this to happen, it’s heartbreaking,” Fire Chief Charles Kelly Jr. said.

The fire is not believed to be suspicious, but the fire marshal will be on scene today to confirm the cause.

Chief Kelly Jr. said they lost a brush truck, two squad trucks and some equipment.

Fortunately, their main gear was saved and they will remain operational.

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One Comment

  1. Deputy53 says:

    I never gave this much thought..but all fire stations in Florida, (both paid & volunteer,) are required to have a sprinkler system installed in the equipment building. Q: Does PA have any requirements like that? I probably already know the answer..but have to ask. If not..might be a good idea to require NEW buildings to have them. Or, does that make too much sense?

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