Fire department heavily damaged by hurricane will take a year to restore

DUPLIN COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A volunteer fire department that rescued more than 100 people after Hurricane Florence says it will take a year before its own building is restored for use.

The North East Volunteer Fire Department's fire station on Highway 41 outside of Wallace had five feet of water inside because of the hurricane.

Chief Kenneth Cavenaugh says one fire truck was destroyed by the storm while all other trucks were relocated along with as much other firefighting equipment as they could save.

The chief said while his 28 firefighters were out rescuing storm victims, 23 of them had damage to their own homes, with 19 of those flooded.

He said walls at the fire station have already been torn out, and that it will take about a year to get the fire station back to the way it was before the hurricane.

The department is now a distribution center for the area, and donations have been coming in from all over the country, according to Cavenaugh.

North East wasn't the only fire department in Duplin County to be damaged by the hurricane. The Chinquapin Volunteer Fire Department also was flooded.