Boone Fire House Project

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A southern Colorado volunteer fire department will soon have a new place to call home. A new fire station is being built in the small town of Boone to replace the current building, which is more than 50-years-old.

The original building was built in 1954.

The fire chief has been trying to get a new station built since 1996. Unfortunately, the department has never had the money, until state and local agencies finally pitched in to make it possible.

Fire chief, John Sigler says the new building is a godsend, "it's going to mean the difference between our department staying open or perhaps even closing."

The $211,000 project has been put off, because the department only has an annual budget of $8,000.

Recently, the state put up the majority of the money.

The revamped building will be three times the size of the old one, giving them room for more fire trucks. The current building only has enough room for two. Now, all four of the station's trucks will have a home.

Another feature of the new building is a multi-purpose room. The chief says, "this will help us have training for the fire department and again what i identify as important - a place for the community to meet."

Pueblo County prison inmates are helping contractors finish the project, which is expected to be done in the next two to three months.