Ike Damaged Fire Station Reopens

It’s been more than a year since Hurricane Ike but there are still places that haven’t fully recovered. Here in Houston one of the fire stations that suffered the most damage is just now getting back to normal. Today was their grand Re-opening ceremony. Bill Stamps was there.

“We’re happy that fire station 20 is back. (applause).”

Firefighters, city leaders and well wishers gathered in at Fires Station 20 in East Houston to dedicate their new station.

Assistant Fire Chief Adrian Trevino: “Fire Station 20 probably, well it did, took more damage than any other Houston fire department took. So not only did we have to take care of our citizens. We had to take care of our own.”

More than 30 stations suffered damage in last year’s big storm but station 20 got the worse of it. District Chief Theodore Rocha recalls what happened.

“The guys who were here that night said they could see the window suck in and out about 2-3 times, so they got up and got away from the window and about 20 seconds later it fell it was gone.”

Although the rest of the building remained intact, Rocha said they wound up rebuilding practically the entire building.
“They thought about just repairing that but they found out there was too much damage, it would be a liability so they decided to just tear it down. And as I was telling the father they tore it down to the bear bones the only thing left was the stairs. What you see is all totally brand new the only thing left was the slab the steel columns and the stairs.”

One year and half a million dollars later, Station 20 is back in business.