MINERAL CITY, Ohio -- Shovels in hand, officials broke ground on Saturday for a new fire station to replace the one destroyed last July by a tornado.
The new building will be a welcome addition after a difficult winter in this small town south of Canton.
Officials had to house their trucks in different buildings since the twister hit last July.
"We had to go different directions to get the trucks," said Fire Chief Sam Moore, "so our usual response time is like three to four minutes, and now it put us up to ten to twelve minutes."
At times, the brutal winter froze valves on the trucks as well.
"There was always a question of whether they would work properly," says Mayor Rick Cain.
The insurance claim was settled in November.
The new facility will also have modern amenities not found in the 80 year-old building it is replacing.
"And our old station was pretty crammed," said Chief Moore, "because it was built for smaller trucks. These days, the trucks are a lot bigger."
Construction on the new fire station will begin next week.
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