BAZETTA TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – A Bazetta Township firefighter drove one of the fire trucks through the storage facility on his way to a fire on Friday, severely damaging the building.
Bazetta Township Fire Chief Dennis Lewis said the accident occurred at 4:14 p.m. as three firefighters were responding to a minor grass fire on State Route 5. One of the firefighters forgot to close a rear back door of the truck used to store gear, and when they pulled out of the building on McCleary-Jacoby Road, the fire truck struck a middle support column, he said.
Lewis said the men were in a hurry and called the accident “a mistake.”
The truck door was damaged and had to be removed, but it is still in service. National Fire and Water Repair secured the front of the fire department building, but fire trucks cannot be stored there until the building is repaired.
Trucks are now being stored at the Everett-Hull Road location.
At the time of the accident, a firefighter responded to the grass fire in a shift supervisor car, but the fire was extinguished by the time that he arrived.
Lewis said the cost of damages has not yet been determined, and he will talk to trustees Monday night at their monthly meeting to determine what actions to take to repair the truck and building.
The firefighter involved in the incident will not be formally disciplined, he said.