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Firefighters patrol own firehouse

March 30, 2011 at 5:10 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 30 (UPI) -- Chillicothe, Ohio, must provide one firefighter to climb stairs around the clock in Firehouse No. 1, the local fire marshal decreed.

After an anonymous e-mail tip, the marshal's office discovered the station's fire alarm system was inoperable, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Fire Chief Bruce Vaughan told the newspaper the alarm vendor ignored numerous calls and "unfortunately, this got by us." He said installation of a new system could begin April 11.

Until then one firefighter must continually walk from the basement to the second floor and back or the stationhouse will be closed as a fire hazard.

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