Fire Department Destroyed by Storm

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MINERAL CITY, OH -- The building that housed the Mineral City Volunteer Fire Department and Mineral-Sandy Ambulance District was destroyed by the storm that blew through Tuscarawas County Wednesday afternoon.

Debbie Wine, the chief of the ambulance district, said when the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning, she and about a half dozen other volunteers went to the station to be on standby.

After they got inside, Wine said they looked out of the window and saw trees several blocks away blowing and snapping. Everyone inside then ran to a back room.

That's when the storm hit.

The strong winds demolished both garages that housed the department's fire engines and ambulances.

Firefighters spent the rest of the day trying to remove debris from their equipment so they could evaluate how much damage had been done to the engines.

Several nearby homes and businesses were also damaged and many trees were uprooted.

Resident Brenda Bair said she was in the Village Cafe, a few blocks from the fire station, when the roof started to vibrate.

Bair said everyone ran into the basement, but when the storm was over, parts of the roof blocked the doorway.

She said relatives helped them get out. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

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