Greenwood community fights flames to save fire department

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GREENWOOD -- The Greenwood Volunteer Fire Department found themselves on the other side of a fire when their station went up in flames last Thursday.

A fire truck quickly became engulfed in flames causing the building to be a total loss.

The Greenwood community came to the rescue to help fight the flames, even using a pickup truck to pull a fire truck out of the heat.

“I came running to see if I could assist in any way. We had other neighbors grabbing water hoses to fight what we could,” Greenwood resident John Casbeer said.

The department’s Secretary said the community outreach was overwhelming and things could have been worse without their help.

“It was heartwarming because all the neighbors in the neighborhood showed up with coolers with water and wipes to help them clean off,” Green Volunteer Fire Department Secretary Ray LeBlanc said.

The next step for the department is to move into a new building. The cost of the building is about $750,000 and its money they’ve received from a capital campaign. They hope to get settled in the building within six months.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but firefighters believe it was an electrical issue in the truck.