Thief takes Calif. apparatus, drives through bay doors

Officials at the volunteer fire department said the thief's getaway caused "major damage to the station"

Don Sweeney
The Sacramento Bee

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. — A thief not only stole a California fire engine Monday, but crashed through the bay doors of a volunteer fire station to do it, Butte County fire officials say.

Someone broke into Volunteer Fire Station #60 in Brush Creek between 3:30 and 6 p.m. Tuesday before making off with the truck and other firefighting equipment, a release from the Butte County Fire Department says.

The getaway caused "major damage to the station," firefighters reported. The stolen fire engine, later found abandoned in a field, "suffered minor to moderate damage."

"It's absolutely pathetic that someone would attack a volunteer fire station, especially one in a community that has endured so much tragedy," said Butte County Fire Chief John Messina in a statement.

The Northern California county has been hit by several brutal wildfires in recent years.

Firefighters asked that anyone with information on the break-in contact the Butte County Sheriff's Department at 530-538-7321


(c)2020 The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, Calif.)


A fire engine was stolen from Volunteer Fire Station 60 in Brush Creek yesterday. It was found abandoned and recovered. See the news release for details.

Posted by CAL FIRE/Butte County on Wednesday, November 18, 2020


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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