Piedmont Fire Department a total loss after fire - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Piedmont Fire Department a total loss after fire

(source: April Gibson) (source: April Gibson)
(source: April Gibson) (source: April Gibson)
(source: April Gibson) (source: April Gibson)

Piedmont's fire chief says it's still hard to believe he's lost his station, trucks, and all his equipment in a fire Thursday night.

"It's still kind of unbelievable at this point", Chief Joshua Allen says.  "We're trying to sift through it, get everything where it needs to be, and try to figure out where we need to start."

The State Fire Marshall tells Police Chief Richard Sanders the fire's considered accidental, and may have been caused by a short in a vehicle.

Sanders says a few of the department's 15 volunteer firefighters were in the building working on a truck shortly before the fire broke out.

Chief Sanders says his city is "heartbroken"  to see so much damage.

Chief Allen says his department lost one ladder truck, two pumpers, an SUV, and all their gear along with three trucks belonging to the Clearwater Fire Protection District.  As a member of that district, Piedmont will receive emergency assistance from those firefighters until the station can be rebuilt and equipment replaced. 

Chief Allen estimates the damage at $1,000,000.00.

He also says his firefighters should be able to go back to work soon, thanks to the generosity of other departments.

"We've got an outpouring of gear and trucks are going to be on the way here to help cover our area until we can get up and going", Allen says.  "It feels great.  We've had plenty of calls and they keep coming in.  It just makes you feel good to know that people are willing to help."


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