Vincennes firehouse in need of desperate repairs

Ladder two has been one of the busiest firehouses in the city but the facility is starting to show its age. That’s because it has been up and running since it opened its doors back in 1927.

Posted: Feb. 8, 2018 6:38 PM

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI)- Bette Sage has lived right down the road from ladder two for 60 years. She says having them nearby has changed her life.

"It feels good to have the fire department there. They saved my sons life from being picked up one time by somebody and the firemen were all like family to me," said Sage.

Ladder two has been one of the busiest firehouses in the city but the facility is starting to show its age. That’s because it has been up and running since it opened its doors back in 1927.

This makes it difficult for those who work and sometimes live there. Vincennes Fire Chief Sonny Pinkstaff says the firehouse is in disarray.

"There are parts of the station that are just absolutely deplorable. We got holes in the floor of our workout room. The floor joust, we have one that's almost eaten out. The floor is spongy," said Chief Pinkstaff.

Some of the walls are also breaking apart. That's why leaders are looking into repairing this facility.

They are looking at multiple options ranging from renovations to building a brand new facility but the department says they need to look into all the details before they approach the city council.

"There’s only so much money in any city and you got to be prudent with the taxpayer's dollars so you got to weigh the historical value of the building and what the cost would be to renovate the building," said Pinkstaff.

As for Sage, she wants to make sure that the firehouse is taken care of but she wants it to stay where it is. For its rich history and its comfort of being near.

"They need to fix it up because we need that firehouse here. We need guys down there to protect this

Chief Pinkstaff says this is an issue he's looked into since taking office. He hopes to start making some repairs to the facility later this year.

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Clear
38° wxIcon
Hi: 48° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 38°
Robinson
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 39°
Indianapolis
Scattered Clouds
37° wxIcon
Hi: 43° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 33°
Rockville
Clear
38° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 38°
Casey
Clear
39° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 29°
Feels Like: 39°
Brazil
Clear
38° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 38°
Marshall
Clear
38° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 28°
Feels Like: 38°
A Breezy, Mild Wednesday
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

McAlister's progress continues at old Fuddruckers

Image

Coal miners Christmas

Image

New solar farm almost done in Clay County

Image

Terre Haute fire leaves four families displaced

Image

Staying safe on the ice

Image

Tuesday Early Forecast

Image

Fitness challenge in Vincennes

Image

CIB Meeting discusses convention center

Image

Car crashes into Terre Haute house

Image

Missing Vigo County man

WTHI Events