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Fire station collapse in Wingate after truck hits truck bay


A building collapse at the Wingate Volunteer Fire Department left several of the department's trucks with minor damage Friday morning.

As of Friday afternoon those trucks were still stuck in the station. The two trucks stuck are worth about $1 million.

So far investigators say a firefighter was driving the truck out of the garage. As the truck was moving a door on the side on the truck started to go up. That door hit a support beam and caused the roof to collapse. Board member of the Wingate Volunteer Fire Department ,Brent Moser, tells WBTV the investigation will confirm if this was a malfunction or if this was an operator error.

"Obviously it puts a wrinkle in it," Wingate Volunteer Fire Dept. Board Member. "But we have good personnel here that operates under stressful conditions everyday and so we do what we have to do."

The Union County Fire Marshall tells WBTV the station is still operational and is depending on several fire companies in the area to support the Wingate Volunteer Fire Department is needed.

No one was injured, but there is significant damage to the building. An insurance worker will come to the site to determine the cost of what was done.

The building has been condemned. Crews are working to secure the building so the trucks can be removed. While repairs are done trucks will be housed at the Department of Public Works in Wingate.

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