LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Lafayette fire station number five could undergo some maintenance. On Tuesday, the Lafayette Board of Works approved a contract allowing an engineering firm to investigate the station on the corner of Creasy Lane and Union Street.
On hot days moisture is visible on the inside of the twenty-year-old building. The fire staff has been looking for a solution to the problem for the past five years. Lafayette Fire Chief Richard Doyle says the humidity makes sleeping conditions uncomfortable.
"Their blankets would be wet from condensation dripping from the ceiling so what they did individually, and we didn't instruct them to do it, they got plastic and put it over their beds and when we started to find that out that is when I essentially moved them out of that room," said Doyle.
Chief Doyle says tearing down and rebuilding the station would cost somewhere around five million dollars. The study with American Structurepoint, the firm hired to investigate, will cost the city $43,350.00 dollars.