Bed bugs found at Detroit fire station

The bed bugs were biting a Detroit fire station and although the problem was taken care of, a new one was created.

Furniture was thrown out at Engine 29 on West Jefferson, the site of some unwanted guests. Detroit firefighters stationed here found a couple of bed bugs Saturday.

"You never know where these things come from," said Gary Fisher, acting fire chief 7, Detroit Fire Department. "But once you got them, you've got to get rid of them."

Ever since making their discovery, firefighters there have been staying at another fire house since then.

"This place is an important firehouse to keep open," Fisher said. "And if it's infested with bed bugs obviously we can't be staying in a bed bug ridden firehouse."

The concern, aside from the bugs is the location of this fire station in Delray, located with heavy industry and trains that can block the tracks. With nobody at Engine 29, that entire area south of the tracks is uncovered.

"Railroad  cars come back and forth through this area quite often," Fisher said. "And we keep this firehouse staffed in case there's a train coming through, and rigs could get cut off from responding to an incident down south of the tracks.

"We have ways to get down here if we had to, it just might add a minute or two to the response."

Because of that, the city quickly sent an exterminator to the fire house searching through the furniture - and bedding. These firefighters live here part of the time and don't want to take bed bugs home to their own families or fellow firefighters.

"Firefighters do go to different firehouses," Fisher said. "So if you're in one firehouse it could spread to the whole department if it's not taken care of right away."

The exterminator did not find any live bed bugs, they believe it was an isolated incident. The station was treated for it, but the furniture had to be thrown away.

FOX 2 is working on finding a few nice new chairs for the firefighters. Gardner-White Furniture has agreed to help. We'll update you later this week.
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