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Mold problem temporarily closes Hickory Valley Rd. fire station

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Some of Chattanooga's firefighters are working out of a different fire hall while crews clean mold from inside theirs. There are 15 firefighters total at Station 8. They notified the department of the mold. Now environmental cleanup companies are out determining  what it will take to get rid of it.

"It's found in several areas throughout the station. It's more prevalent around the air ducts," Deputy Fire Chief Randy Jacks said.

Jacks says Station 8 has had smaller run-ins with mold in the past, due to a leak in the air conditioner in the basement, but this time, it's more substantial. No firefighters have reported health problems due to the mold, but they moved them out to make sure that doesn't happen.

"We're always breathing in mold, but we don't want high contents of mold," Rainbow International Owner Eric Dill said.

Three different environmental cleanup companies are assessing the situation and placing bids with the city to remove the mold and prevent its return.

"It's a temporary thing as long as we get it fixed then mold's not that scary," Dill said.

The city hopes to put the company they choose to work by the end of this week, with an estimated cost of around $25,000 and timeline of a few weeks. In the meantime, firefighters have relocated to Station 6 on Bonny Oaks Drive. The biggest question is-- how's that affect the time it takes them to respond to fires?

"Response time of course with moving, it's going to probably take us a little bit longer to get there," Jacks said.

But ,Jacks says surrounding stations will cover the area and that some of their districts already overlapped. Residents we talked to say they aren't worried.

"The guys from Station 8 will still be in their district during the day. They'll be doing in-service training. They'll be doing their regular inspections, the things they normally do during the day so they won't be just sitting over at Station 6," Jacks said.

Jacks says it should take less than a month to re-open Station 8.

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