Gas tank tampering latest attack on Cleveland fire station

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CLEVELAND -- For the fourth time this year, a Cleveland fire station has been targeted for attack.

The Cleveland Police Scientific Investigations Unit and Cleveland Fire Department Arson Unit are investigating a situation involving vehicles in the fenced-in, private parking lot of Fire Station 30, located at 10225 St. Clair.

The fuel tanks on both a city-owned van and a firefighter’s personal vehicle were tampered with early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters Union Local 93 President Frank Szabo said, “The gas tanks were damaged or drilled into.”

This most recent incident has Szabo and other firefighters very concerned for their safety.

Investigators have still not located the person/persons responsible for 3 other attacks.

In July, a bullet pierced the bay door at Station 30, and in January, another station was shot at twice.

Station 20 located at 3765 Pearl Rd is one of the largest fire stations in the city.

Szabo said the building was shot at early in the morning on New Year's Day and then again about a week and a half later. He said the bullets entered the fire station and nearly hit a firefighter.

Szabo wants city leaders to get involved and increase security at the fire stations and increase efforts to catch the perpetrators. He said if the attacks continue it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

Plus he said the safety concerns could interfere with firefighters performing their jobs properly. “We can’t respond if we can’t get there in one piece at the fire station,” said Szabo.

A spokesperson from the mayor's office released a statement that read in part, “The city of Cleveland views the safety and security of all employees as an essential responsibility. Furthermore, these crimes and acts of vandalism are not only committed against city employees, but against our community as a whole.

We continue to investigate.. and ask that the public provide the police department with any and all information available."

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