Fire station, truck damaged in parade

A Seymour fire station and a firetruck were damaged during the Oktoberfest parade Saturday.

Chief Brad Lucas said firefighters at Station 2 on West Fifth Street had been removing equipment from the side of the truck and had left a compartment door on the truck open when they got dispatched on a run.

“The parade was going by and they were distracted by that,” Lucas said. “They pulled out and felt the door make contact with the building, stopped and backed up, but it was too late. It was an accident, and it’s unfortunate, but accidents happen.”

No one was injured during the incident that took place around 2:30 p.m., Lucas said.

“Just some pride,” he added.

Lucas said there was no structural damage done to the building, but he is in the process of getting estimates on what it will cost to repair the area between the two garage doors that was hit and replace door hardware that was broken off.

He already has ordered a new door for the firetruck at a cost of $1,500 and is waiting for it to be delivered, he said.

“It’s a pretty easy fix,” he said.

The damaged firetruck, Engine 2, was the city’s newest pumper truck that was delivered in February. The damage was not enough to put the truck out of commission, and it is still being used, Lucas said.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.