A blaze gutted Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Station No. 3 early Thursday morning.
Crews in Flat Rock rushed to the blaze just after 4 a.m. to find their firehouse engulfed in flames along with all of their equipment, according to WHNT-TV.
"It's very sad to look at all the work over the years that we’ve put into it," Firefighter Zach Cagle told the news station.
He said that the firefighters' hearts sank when they got the call.
Station No. 3 housed helmets, hoses, turnout gear, air tanks, and gallons of foam, as well as two fire trucks -- one of which sustained significant damage.
As the first arriving crew battled the flames, the second crew pulled out as much gear as they could.
"Everything basically that a fire department needs to run we've lost today in this station," Cagle said.
The Alabama Fire Marshal's office is currently investigating the case of the fire.