(CBS)—Imagine trying to sleep while living above a party-room — and you’re a firefighter.
It’s a problem that’s long plagued some of Gary, Ind.’s finest, who earlier this month were called to fight multiple fires in one night. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports there may be a remedy.READ MORE: Chicago Police Officer Released From Hospital After Being Shot In Shopping Center Parking Lot At North And Sheffield Avenues
Fire Station No. 5 was shuttered in 2012. Firefighters bounced from one location to — now — the Calumet Township Multipurpose Center. It’s part homeless shelter. Its engine sits next to a float.
It’s connected to a party room that’s for rent.READ MORE: Concerns Mount About Public Safety With CPD Officers Being Stripped Of Police Powers For Not Complying With COVID-19 Vaccine Reporting Rules
“A lot of our guys can’t get any sleep,” Gary Fire Department Lt. Kevin Thomas says. “Something needs to be done right away.”
Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, who calls the situation “substandard,” has just secured a HUD loan for a new home.
“We’re looking to do as much as we can, as quickly as we can,” she says.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Pleasant Parade Weather Tuesday
At one potential building site construction might begin as early as early next year.