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.
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