Calif. firefighters respond to blaze at own station

Police found that there were multiple attempts to break into the station

By FireRescue1 Staff

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. — Firefighters responded to a fire at their own fire station Monday night. 

The fire broke out behind a gas station — an outbuilding on the property of the Apple Valley Fire Protection District, reported CBS Los Angeles. Firefighters were asleep in the station, which was about 100 feet from where the fire started. 

Crews quickly extinguished the fire and were able to prevent it from spreading to the station and nearby fuel tanks. 

Authorities discovered signs of an attempted break-in at the station; a fire district vehicle was also broken into. 

Police arrested Sammy Duane Snow, 28, who was stuck in a vehicle on a curb outside the station. Duane was arrested on suspicion of burglary and arson, reported the Victorville Daily Press. His bail has been set at $50,000.

 Stolen equipment was also recovered from the vehicle. "Through the investigation it was determined he [Duane] was involved," Trish Hill, Apple Valley Sheriff's Station spokeswoman, said.

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