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Mold forces closure of fire station; station to be rebuilt

By Jamie Peter, Assignment Editor, JPeter@wfmz.com
Published On: Sep 29 2011 07:43:34 PM CDT

Allentown won't make repairs to shuttered fire station

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

The heavy rains we have been seeing lately have cause some major issues at a local fire department, forcing it to be abandoned permanently.

Mold was found Thursday at the Allentown East Side Fire Station, in the 700 block of North Irving Street.

According to a release from the city, the heavy rains exacerbated leaks in the building, which cause the mold.

All the firefighters and equipment have been moved to the Hibernia Station near the intersection of Tilghman Street and Ridge Avenue.

The closure of the East Side Fire Station does not mean that fire coverage for that area will drop off, during high traffic times, the city will stage firefighters outside the station.

The city also said response time to the East Side from the Hibernia Station will fall within National Fire Protection Association standards.

On Thursday, Allentown Fire Chief Robert Scheirer said the move will delay response times by one-and-a-half to two minutes.

Allentown is looking for a temporary facility on the East Side to house the station.

Meanwhile, Allentown City Council has been asked to approve a $4 million bond, which includes $1.85 million for a new fire station at the same location as the East Side Fire Station.

According to the city, they are not looking to make "expensive temporary repairs" to the present building.