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Sabine Pass hopes "third time's a charm" for new fire station

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PORT ARTHUR -

Flags are flying once again at Fire Station Number 4 in Sabine Pass.

A larger-than-expected crowd gathered Wednesday to dedicate the brand new $2 million facility, marking the third time the station has been officially opened.

The original building was destroyed by Hurricane Rita in 2005. Shortly after, a crew with the TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" came and rebuilt it, but that building was then destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Firefighters had to work out of a trailer for almost 5 years, but now they have a new 4,000 square foot beauty to call their own.

"We're glad to be here... It's one more step in Sabine Pass's recovery from the storms," said Port Arthur Fire Department Chief Larry Richard.

Designers say the new building is state-of-the-art, able to withstand hurricane force winds up to 150mph.

The main floor of the station is also 12 feet above sea level, designed that way to prevent storm surge water from causing extensive damage.

Port Arthur Mayor Deloris Prince was on hand for the ceremonial "hose-splitting" in lieu of the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony.

"It's a gorgeous facility," said Prince. "It's going to be a great asset to this community and to the city of Port Arthur. I'm just so happy we were able to do it."

Everyone who attended the ceremony had one thing in common, they hope version number 3 of Fire Station Number 4 is here to stay.

The new building was funded primarily by FEMA.

 

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