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Fire damages Crofton fire hall

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A local fire department is trying to recover from its own emergency. Investigators believe some faulty wiring caught one of its trucks on fire at the Crofton Volunteer Fire Department. Then, the flames spread. Now, there's water and smoke damage throughout the fire hall and city hall.

"Kinda shocking to hear it coming across the pager when it's your department," said Crofton Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief Jeremy Marlar. "You're just thinking, 'Man, did I really just hear that right? Is that our department they're paging out to?' "

At Brandy's Restaurant, all the conversation over tall glasses of sweet tea centers around what happened just across the street.

"I'm sure it was the buzz all over town, yeah," said county magistrate Terry Bowman. "The last thing you expect to happen is the fire house is on fire."

Residents said they spotted smoke wafting up from the fire department on Monday.

"Right there inside the dash is where we best think it started at," said Marlar, motioning to a burned truck.

Marlar said the wiring sent a truck parked in the garage up in flames, leaving tires busted, a fire hose charred and large chunks of the ceiling caved in. Even city hall next door suffered smoke damage.

"The truck's totaled out," said Marlar. "Then the truck next to it has some cosmetic damage to it, maybe some wiring problems too."

Marlar said they still have two more trucks to use and other area departments have volunteered to help where they're needed. 

"I don't think there will be a beat skipped because of this," said Bowman. "Yes, I think they'll bounce back quick. Sometimes the best laid plans go astray. You just have to put your shoulder to the work and go right on down the road."

The fire department does plan to replace those two trucks. Marlar said they hold an annual fundraiser in August for the department and that money this year will be used to replace those trucks.

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