Members of the Flat Rock Volunteer Fire Department heard a familiar address go out over the emergency scanners on Thursday morning - their own.
The volunteers rushed from home to find their fire station on County Road 14 fully engulfed in flames. It happened around 4:15 a.m. A fire truck and rescue truck were both severely damaged, as was a good amount of the group's fire fighting gear. Helmets, jackets, boots, air tanks and fire retardant pants were all destroyed in the blaze.
The Alabama State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating, looking to determine what started the fire.
The building that burned was an older fire station, and the firefighters were in the process of moving to a newer station a mile away. However, much of the equipment destroyed was going to be used in the new facility as well.
In the meantime, the department is accepting donations from anyone who wants to help them start to replace the lost items. For more information on how you can help, call (256)605-7554.