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New Fire Station Shot Into, Opening Delayed

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn.- Hardin County sheriff's deputies are investigating after one county volunteer fire station was vandalized with a 12 gauge shot gun that caused several hundred dollars in damage.

District 3 Fire Chief Richard Childers told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News most of the damage was to a front window of the building. Fire officials said they believe the gunmen stood just feet away from the window and fired at least three rounds into the building.

"Very disheartening, we're here to serve the community and do what's best for them and it's very heartbreaking when you come over here after doing that kind of work and they do this," said Chief Childers.

Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin said volunteer firefighters have been working around the clock to transform the once abandoned building into a new volunteer station for District 3 which serves Childers Hill, Shiloh and the South Side communities where residents have needed a second station for years.

"I'm still hoping to get it up and going but it may take a little longer now," said Chief Martin. "We just spend nearly $1,000 the community, the local fire department and district did to replace all of the windows and that's why it's just really sad that somebody would take it out."

Fire officials said funds for volunteer stations in Hardin county are tight, most of the money used from their general fund is raised firefighters through donations and fund raisers.

"Most of the money comes from the volunteers and the fund raisers that the community has to get together for these stations to get going," said Chief Martin. " It takes a lot of work, a lot of hard work."

"We'll over come it, we'll get through it we just want the word out that this is a fire department and we're asking them to help us so we can help them," said Chief Childers.

So far no arrests have been made. If you have any information that could help authorities call the Hardin County Sheriff's Department at (731) 925-4989 or the fire department at (731) 925-6178.

To learn ways on how you can help the volunteer fire department raise funds email: rchilders@packagingcorp.com

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