Shortly before 7:30 am on Sunday, April 16, firefighters at Fire Station 19 in Damascus noticed a strong smell of smoke within the fire station. While investigating the cause, smoke was found to be venting from the attic space above the apparatus garage. Firefighters quickly removed the fire apparatus and began attacking the fire.
During the fire investigation, PGE noted that a blossoming cherry tree down the road had pushed a live power line and a neutral line together. This electrical short at the power pole back fed the fire station causing the fire.
Damage was minimal, but the fire station is closed for fire district and community use. Contingency plans are already in place to begin to repair the fire station and return it to operational status. Emergency response to the Damascus area will not be affected.
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