Oklahoma department's fire truck stolen, set ablaze

AVANT — Authorities in northeast Oklahoma are investigating after someone stole a rural department's fire truck and set it on fire.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: December 12, 2013
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AVANT — Authorities in northeast Oklahoma are investigating after someone stole a rural department's fire truck and set it on fire.

Avant Fire Department Chief Gene Atkins says the vandal or vandals also ransacked the volunteer fire department's office at the station.

The charred fire truck was later discovered on a rural Osage County road. Mayor Justin Brown tells a Tulsa television station that estimated damages are about $120,000. Although the truck is covered by insurance, Brown says the policy has a high deductible and the town's volunteer department only has a small annual budget.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Osage County Sheriff's Office.


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