Stockton, IL -- No one was injured, but a fire house was destroyed in a fire Thursday morning.
The call came in at 11am on Thursday, February 25. When first responders arrived, they found that the building was already engulfed.
Everything was destroyed in the building. Luckily, the fire house also owned the building across the street where a pump truck was stored.
"About a half dozen other area volunteer fire departments responded to assist Stockton crews," said Chief Randy Baysinger.
Firefighters got started on the fire with the pump truck while they waited for mutual aid to arrive. Six other area volunteer fire departments responded to assist Stockton and put out the blaze.
The fire chief reported that most of the equipment was lost in the fire station fire - including six vehicles. Nearby fire departments brought spare equipment including spare gear and vehicles. The Stockton fire departments will be using the building across the street for now.
Baysinger said, "It is a very emotional thing. It is a second home. And when they talk about the brotherhood of firefighters, it truly is."
An investigation is underway; however, it is believed to be an electrical fire caused by an ATV in the garage.