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Clutier loses fire station in Monday's storm


"The sheds are gone. Most of the stuff really kind of survived. It's amazing," said Ardene Cross, Clutier Mayor.

Cross has been the mayor for about 6 years now. Along with the rest of the town she is assessing her own damage.

"Yesterday we tried to get everything off the roads and now we are trying to get everywhere else."

The town of Clutier has gone through something like this before. Just a couple weeks ago an EF0 tornado went through part of the town, but this storm was different. This storm took out a central part in the community, the fire station.

" Our emergency services were under attack and it was very upsetting," said Cross.

The powerful winds flattened the building which housed all the equipment and emergency trucks. Volunteer fire fighters worked all morning Monday trying to get everything they could out.

"Getting the fire trucks out was the first thing we did and they were a mess. After we got an excavator in we got them out and had just a mess with broken windows," said Blake Pearson, Clutier Fire Chief.

For now you can find the fire station at the co-op, but Fire Chief Blake Pearson says they won't be there for good.

"Clean up and rebuild. Eventually we will get her back to square one," said Pearson.

"After seeing all the damage and to know no one got hurt that is the important thing," said Cross.

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