PORT ROYAL

Port Royal fire station door damaged in accident

emoody@beaufortgazette.comJuly 20, 2012 

A fire truck sits in the Port Royal fire station on Friday morning. One of the bay doors at the fire station was damaged, but this did not interfere with any 911 calls.

DELAYNA EARLEY THE BEAUFORT GAZETTE

The downtown Port Royal Fire Station suffered a bit of a "boo-boo" this week, and the scars remained through Friday as officials prepared to repair a broken garage door.

At about 10 a.m. Wednesday, a fire engine and smaller response squad truck were leaving the Paris Avenue station. The fire engine exited the garage, and the driver attempted to close the door using a remote, Beaufort-Port Royal Fire Chief Sammy Negron said. The driver pushed the wrong button.

"He pushed the button for the other door while this squad was coming out and the squad did not see the door start to go down," he said.

The truck was unscathed, but the door's windows shattered.

Town manager Van Willis said the building is insured, but the repair costs will be less than the deductible, so the town intends to repair the damage on its own. A repair crew was at the station Friday. Willis estimated the work could cost more than $1,000 and should be done soon.

In the meantime, the broken door was covered in plywood and plastic.

Fire department response will not be hindered by the damage or repairs, Negron said.

In other changes about town:

  • Look for the Broad Marsh Animal Hospital Island Side to open on Lady's Island at the beginning of August. Dr. Allen Henry and staff are opening a new branch of the Broad Marsh Animal Clinic in Beaufort at the home of the former Sea Island Tile Co. at 391 Sea Island Parkway. The building sat vacant for years before extensive renovations this summer.

  • Information: 843-524-0014, www.broadmarshanimalhospital.net

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