‘it’s dire, times two’ - fire department faces severe challenges

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Lieutenant Todd Sears with the Lapel-Stony Creek Township Fire Territory Station points out some of the water damage at the 100-year-old station. The department needs $1.2 million to complete a new building. Kyle Lewis / Times-Post

Lapel - When describing the state of the Lapel-Stony Creek Township Fire Territory Station, Lieutenant Todd Sears states things simply.

“It’s bad,” Sears said. “It’s dire, times two.” And he provides plenty of evidence.

The 100-year-old building suffers from severe water damage, a mildew problem and is so small that parts of a back wall have been knocked out to fit a truck inside, with just inches to spare.

It badly needs a new roof and parts of the second floor, where the volunteer firefighters wait for calls, gives way when pressure is applied with a foot.


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