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Firefighters Back To Work 1 Day After Fire Destroyed Headquarters

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A fire destroyed the Covington Fire Department on Feb. 12, 2011. (Emily Stephenson/Covington Fire Dept.)

A fire destroyed the Covington Fire Department on Feb. 12, 2011. (Emily Stephenson/Covington Fire Dept.)

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COVINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Covington fire station may be gone, but its firefighters are still at work. Just one day after a fire destroyed their fire house, firefighters were called to respond to a grass fire outside the city limits.

“They did real good. It didn’t get past our fence line,” said Steve Teague, whose parents live nearby.

Saturday afternoon, the department was fighting a similar battle at its own station.

“Your station, your station’s on fire,” Fire Chief Kevin Karlicek remembers hearing from dispatchers.

Despite efforts to stop the flames, the building and at least two trucks were lost. Another two trucks were also damaged, leaving the city with just one working truck of its own.

Within hours, though, three neighboring towns – Blum, Alvarado, and Rio Vista – each donated a truck to Covington. Medical supplies were donated, too.

“Trying to help them out. They need help,” said Dale Hutchison of the Rio Vista fire department.

John Volkman of Covington knows what it’s like to be the victim of a fire.

Several years ago, the town’s firefighters, along with those of its neighbors, rescued his house.

“It’s something you don’t want to go through if you can keep from it,” he said.

He worries this weekend’s fire may have diminished their ability to respond.

“You know it puts the entire area of North Hill County in danger, when one of the fire departments goes down,” he said.

Tom Hemrick, the emergency management coordinator for Hill County, disagreed.

“Teamwork makes the system work,” he said, claiming there will be no decreased response.

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