CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY)
The Cooks Community Volunteer Fire Department is back up and running despite two fire trucks being damaged when a car crashed into the building overnight.
A giant hole was left in the building on Mt. Holly-Huntersville Rd. that has been boarded up. The silver sedan involved in the wreck was towed from the scene.
Several firefighters were inside of the station at the time of the wreck. They immediately jumped into action.
"Took a second and then went out the front door. There were a lot of people running, a lot of dust, debris and brink all out in front of the fire station," said one of the firefighters that saw the incident.
The Cook Community Fire Chief told FOX 46 that three teens were inside of the vehicle involved in a chase with another car after leaving a McDonald's early Thursday morning. The teenagers had minor injuries.
No firefighters were injured, but as head of a volunteer fire department, the Chief says the destruction still hurts.
"We're responsible for our building and the maintenance of the vehicle, and we take pretty good care of it, so when something like this happens, you take it personal," the Chief said.
About an hour after the crash a fire alarm rang. The community was in need of their service, but the department wasn't able to respond. The Long Creek Fire Department stepped in to help.
Now Cook Community Firefighters say they are facing thousands of dollars worth of damage.