by Tashun Chism
Lufkinites gathered for the grand opening of Lufkin's new 900 thousand dollar Fire Station Number 4. The new station replaces the old one on Loop 287.
Lufkin Fire Chief Pete Pruitt said, "The other one, based on the growth of the city was no longer in the appropriate place in terms of response times. Secondly, access to the loop in the old station was extremely difficult."
This is the first time Lufkin has a had a fire station totally dedicated to serving the west side of the city. Located off of Old Union and Trailwood, the new station is closer to Lufkin's medical community and several commerical properties. There are also many homes nearby.
Lufkin mayor Jack Gorden told us, "There was a little bit of reluctance from the neighborhood at first. But I believe as they have seen the quality and the look of this building, they are welcoming it into their neighborhood."
The new fire station also houses the city new fire truck. And at nearly a million dollars, officials say it, too, is well worth the money.
"It's going to address certain types of fire in our city that could not have been handled otherwise. Building that are somewhat types and just larger fires in general," Gorden said.