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Havelock firefighters to move into new fire station

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HAVELOCK, N.C. -

Some local firefighters are moving into a brand new fire station.

After six months of construction, the East End fire station annex in Havelock is complete, said Havelock city manager Jim Freeman.

The old building was moldy and cramped, so the city tore it down and built a new one on the exact same spot, he said.

The new building has several bedrooms, offices, bathrooms, a living room, laundry room, and a kitchen with several refrigerators. Freeman said the fitness room is empty for now, but all the equipment is expected to be moved in by early next week.

"It's definitely a lot better than the old station we had here, and it's definitely a lot better than the one we've been staying at. It's going to be fun to run out on calls here," said Theodore Marshall, a volunteer firefighter/EMT.

During construction of the new annex, firefighters stayed in a trailer near the annex, and later moved into a temporary fire station provided by Cherry Point near the Dairy Queen in Havelock, said Marshall.

Freeman says construction cost $750,000, but the total cost, including furniture and equipment, was about $900,000.

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