Neighbors Find Comfort in New Fire Station

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors in South Charleston, West Virginia have a new sense of peace after a new fire station opened Saturday.

It was a party two years in the making, and neighbors like Andrew Spangler say it's worth celebrating.

"In any situation, whether it was a fire or another emergency when they would be responding; you know, very grateful to have that," said Spangler.

Spangler and his family came down for the grand opening of Fire Station 3 on Weberwood Drive in South Charleston.

It marked the first time an engine has been in the community since the old facility was destroyed in the derecho.

"It was a little scary, the thought of them not being right here; having that comfort," said fellow neighbor April Harless.

Everyone admits the process of restoration was slow, though they say the new building was worth the wait.

With state of the art technology, it provides safety and security.

"This is their home away from home," said South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens.

It also came at a cost tens of thousands less than expected, thanks to skilled city workers.

"They can lay block, concrete. they're carpenters, electricians," said Mullens.

However, while all the shiny equipment and brand new building are ready to tackle any crisis, it's just the thought that provides peace of mind.

"Now that this station is open, their response times will be faster and they'll be right here in the neighborhood," said South Charleston Fire Chief John Taylor.

Now, that neighborhood is filled with people who can rest a little easier.

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