Flames Damage Hose Tower at Toledo Fire Station

Fire damaged the hose tower on one of Toledo's historic fire stations Tuesday.

Workers were soldering copper trim when heat from work contacted wood behind the metal, according to the Toledo Fire Department.

 A worker used a fire extinguisher while other members of the crew called 911. Light smoke was visible for a time.

Using a saw to cut apart the overhang, they quickly gained access to the flames and extinguish the fire. 

The hose tower is an architectural feature that was used to dry hose before synthetic materials were developed, replacing cotton-covered hose. Firefighters hung the hose from the top, allowing it to air dry. This tower at Fire Station 3 is being used as a mechanical room as part of the renovation.

The station was originally built in 1927.

 Damage is estimated at $6,000. The fire is not expected to cause any major delay in the station’s renovation.