Thief takes off in Butte County fire engine, causing major damage to volunteer station

A volunteer fire station in Butte County is cleaning up after a thief stole a fire engine and drove it through the building.

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 11:23 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – A volunteer fire station in Butte County is cleaning up after a thief stole a fire engine and drove it through the building.

The Butte County Fire Department said Tuesday afternoon, someone broke into the Brush Creek Volunteer Fire Station #60. The suspect stole various fire equipment and drove the fire engine through the door of the apparatus bay. Officials with the department said the station suffered major damage.

“It’s absolutely pathetic that someone would attack a volunteer fire station, especially one in a community that has endured so much tragedy,” Butte County Fire Chief John Messina stated. “I am confident that Butte County SO will bring the individual(s) to justice.”

Later, the stolen fire engine was found abandoned in a field near the Kelly Ridge area. Authorities said the engine had suffered minor to moderate damage.

Authorities did not provide a description of any possible suspects. Anyone with information is asked to call the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

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