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Mich. man turning abandoned fire station into homeless shelter

John Bone was given the fire station from his aunt and is bring it up to building code

By FireRescue1 Staff

FLINT, Mich. — John Bone of Flint says that he's hoping to transform the rundown firehouses into places where up to 100 homeless people can stay.

Unemployed earlier this year, his aunt gave him a dilapidated fire station that she had purchased several years ago, according to Michigan Radio.

"The only thing I really seen that would bring good out of the building anymore was just turn it into a shelter," he said.

Bone says he is getting financial help from his aunt, and friends and volunteers are helping with plumbing, electrical work and other renovations.

He estimates that it will cost $10,000 to get the building up to code and hopes the shelter can open in Summer 2013.

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