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Mold-plagued Petersburg fire station to reopen Monday: 'We’re glad to be back'

Posted at 6:57 PM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-29 18:58:09-04

PETERSBURG, Va. -- After being closed over four months ago, the ribbon was cut on a renovated Fire Station 4 in Petersburg Saturday morning.

The station was closed in April due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 and mold issues in the building that was erected in 1945.

“We’re glad to be back in the fire station,” said interim Petersburg Fire Chief Jim Reid. “Since we had a moisture problem within the fire station, a French drain system was put in to channel the water away from the building. The building was sealed and an upgrade to the facility was done.”

During the renovations, the equipment and crews operated out of nearby Fire Station 5. Reid said with crews returning to their normal station will help with response times to calls, which was a concern among residents when the station was first shutdown.

“Although, response times have not changed much. We’ve been fortunate,” added Reid.

Along with work funded by the city, the fire station also received donations from local businesses and community members including furniture and a new grill.

After the open house, the station will be deep-cleaned and sanitized. It will officially be back in service Monday at 8 a.m.