Fire Station Left Understaffed

By: Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Brooks Jarosz Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A fire station was left understaffed on Saturday, meaning trucks had to travel from other stations to cover those streets.

Charleston Fire Officials tell Station Seven, on Cora Street, in the Westmorland area of the city was down an engine company for most of the day Saturday. This is the same part of town where a tragic fire took seven lives earlier this year.

The ambulance was in operation at the station, according to firefighters. They blame the city's hiring freeze for the staff shortage.

On Saturday, two firefighters called in sick, several are on military leave and others receiving workers compensation.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones tells the city is well staffed and there is adequate protection. He urged neighbors to not be alarmed and that there are firefighters to respond to emergencies.

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