BELLEVUE, Iowa A fire damaged the Bellevue fire department Thursday morning. The Bellevue Police Chief was on his way to work just before 7 a.m. when he spotted smoke coming from the fire station.
At that time, no one was inside the all volunteer run fire department.
When the first firefighters arrived on scene they had to run into the burning building to grab their uniforms and equipment, then run back out. Crews were able to use indoor hydrants to put out the flames.
Most of the damage happened inside the building. That includes damage to a rescue boat and an antique fire truck.
Fire investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office are still looking around to figure out what caused the blaze. They do know is started in the back of the building.
Bellevue Fire Chief Kent Clausen said, "It's that call that no one wants to get. When the pager goes off and your hear it's a fire at the fire station. You are in disbelief because you think it can't happen. But it can happen."
The very first responders arrived just a couple minutes after the call came in. All 25 of Bellevue's volunteer fire fighters showed up to help.
They had the whole thing under control within about 15 minutes.
Fire crews from Preston and Springbrook also responded.