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Trinity Co. VFD raising funds for fire ravaged station

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

In 2011, the volunteer fire department in Trinity County went up in flames. It was too late to save the station and now volunteer fire firefighters are trying to raise money with a benefit this weekend.

There's an urgent need for a new station.

Without a fire station or equipment volunteer firefighters are left to pick up the pieces.

"When a fire breaks out it doesn't show any mercy because you're a fire department," said for fire chief Jesse Baker.

In July 2011, the 356 station went up in flames and was destroyed. With the station a total loss and no insurance the VFD now needs help.

"We've been trying to raise money for the last two years trying to get enough to build another building. So, this is to help us raise the money so that we can get another building and keep buying equipment so we can actually serve the community," said first responder Rachel Roberts. "We're first responders all over the county and then a fire department on 356."

It's probably hard to believe that a fire station was destroyed in a fire.

"We lost the station, our trucks, and all the equipment with it," Roberts said.

Currently, volunteers have to keep fire trucks at different houses in town, which can affect response time.

"If an ambulance is out there on 356 in Trinity, it can take them anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to get there," Roberts said. "If they have to come from Crockett or Lovelady, it's going to take them 30 to 45 minutes to get here."

356 will be having their first benefit of many on Saturday to help raise necessary funds.

Volunteers say the estimated cost for a new station will be roughly $40,000 and after two years they're still $20,000 shy.

The benefit to rebuild the 356 VFD will be August 17 at Dorcus Wills Baptist Church in Trinity.

Barbecue plates will be served starting at 11 a.m. for $10. Several different items will be raffled. There will also be a silent auction.

Volunteers also plan to have a benefit golf tournament on September 7 at Westwood Shores in Trinity County.

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