Belton: Video shows possible source of problem that closed fire station

BELTON, Texas (KWTX) It's been nearly five months since firefighters at Belton's Central Fire Station were forced to change work locations due to health hazards.

Mold and moisture damage was found after reported issues and lack of air quality inside the building.

“With abating the moisture damage, we had to take down the sheet rock and the insulation. So, that’s why you’re seeing the framing and the inside of the brick," said Angellia Points, director of public works and city engineer for Belton.

But, another problem would soon be discovered.

“As we were demolishing some of the interior components and cleaning up from all of the moisture damage, we discovered that there was an issue with the brick and that moisture and even water was getting through the brick and mortar," Points said.

In video sent to KWTX, for the first time we are able to see the potential source of the moisture damage and mold issues inside the fire station.

Water from a rain storm in late December was recorded in the video seeping through the brick wall. That discovery, while putting a damper in the original plans, allowed city officials to find the problem.

“Definitely was not helping the situation, if anything, it was causing more issues within the building," Points added.

Currently, firefighters that were assigned to the Central Station are working out of a trailer at the Public Works Yard on Holland Road.

“As a whole, firefighters have adjusted to this change fairly well. It is kind of a disruption with what they do work-wise, not to have this facility. As far as service level, we haven’t seen a drop off related to this facility at all," said Public Information Officer Paul Romer.

When the project at the fire station is complete, there will be new appliances, H-Vac units, upgraded living quarters (mold and moisture-free), and landscaping.

“We are taking the opportunity to renovate the Central Fire Station. To bring it up-to-date and make it a great fire station for our firefighters to live and work at," Points said.

With the recent discovery, the project is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.

The City of Belton's building maintenance department is handling all of the work inside. The overall cost of the project is $200,000.