Fire crew moves back into Maple Avenue fire station
SNOHOMISH - The fire station on Maple Avenue reopened this week.
Engineers are finished with repairs to the building, which suffered structural damage to the roof, forcing crews to relocate until it was repaired.
Fire Chief Ron Simmons was finalizing paperwork late last week detailing the repairs so that he can take the verification to the city, which will officially let the fire department back into the building to resume operations.
The fire crew was able to move back into the station Tuesday, Jan. 28.
The contractor was done a week ahead of schedule, Simmons said.
“We’re pressing to get all the dust and dirt cleaned up out of the building so we can move back into it,” Simmons said.
In December, engineers estimated final cost of repairs to be around $70,000.
Reconstruction crews reinforced every one of the existing roof trusses, Simmons said, and rebuilt the ones that were separated.
“In order to support the weight of the trusses, they put up a steel structure inside the building to basically support the bottom,” Simmons said. “It divides up the weight of the roof structure.”
Snohomish company Loomis Construction did the repairs, starting the day after crews encountered the problem in late October.
The station was temporarily closed in late October after some routine maintenance work discovered serious structural damage to the roof support system.
Structural engineers evaluated the damage and determined that the trusses were not structurally sufficient for their size, “basically too small for the design of the building,” Simmons said.
The fire department doesn’t believe they’ll be able to submit a successful insurance claim for the damage.
“We’re not very optimistic that the insurance company is going to accept the claim but we’re going to try to recover some of the costs,” Simmons said.
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