Old Glendale fire station damaged in morning blaze


by Christina O'Haver

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 16 at 12:21 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- An old Glendale fire station used for storing equipment was damaged in a fire early Sunday morning.

Firefighters quickly contained the blaze at Fire Station 151 near 52nd and Glendale avenues, but firefighting equipment and supplies were damaged.

"There's probably close to half a million dollars worth of turnouts that were in the area," said Will Smith, a deputy fire chief with the Glendale Fire Department. "Everything that the fire department uses to operate on a daily basis ... is stored at this building, inventoried and repaired."

Smith said firefighters will be working throughout the week to clean up the station.

"This will be a hiccup for the guys out in the field. It will take a little longer for them to get things that they need, but we keep each of the stations inventoried with a certain amount of supplies that can get them through probably about a week or so," he said.

Glendale Fire Deputy Chief Gary Benson said the building's design posed challenges to the firefighters trying to put out the flames. It was difficult for crews to access the secure building, and the cement walls and roof did not allow for easy ventilation and could have trapped the firefighters.

While no firefighters were injured, they were sad to see their station damaged.

"It's one of our original stations, you know. It's just kind of heartfelt," Benson said. "We knew the address when we came here, and it's very important to us. We don't want to see it go down."

The cause is under investigation.