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Mold-plagued Petersburg fire station closes

Posted at 5:20 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 18:55:54-04

PETERBSURG, Va. -- Fire Station 4 in Walnut Hill, the second busiest firehouse in Petersburg, appears to be closed for good.

On-duty firefighters were called to the station Saturday morning to began cleaning it out. Crews were told they only had Saturday to gather their personal belongings from the station.

Station 4's firefighters and two fire engines relocated to another firehouse after the building was shuttered April 9 after officials discovered mold had re-appeared.

The same fire station temporarily shutdown last year while mold was supposedly eradicated from the facility.

The closure comes as two high-profile chief officer positions were eliminated as cuts to the fire department's budget are expected.

Officials have not publicly commented about the closure, but CBS 6 Senior Reporter Wayne Covil is scheduled to speak with the city manager Monday.

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