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Butte County, Calif. November 18, 2020 – Yesterday between 3:30 and 6:00 pm, a break-in occurred at Butte County Volunteer Fire Station #60 in Brush Creek. The fire engine, normally staffed by volunteer firefighters, was stolen along with other miscellaneous fire department equipment.

The engine was driven through the door of the apparatus bay causing major damage to the station and was later discovered abandoned in a field in the Kelly Ridge area. The engine itself 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,” Butte County Fire Chief John Messina stated. “I am confident that Butte County SO will bring the individual(s) to justice.”

Anyone with information about the break-in or theft of the vehicle or other items is encouraged to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.