Fire Station #4 is now operating out of a mobile home in its own backyard following the hail damage sustained during last week's massive storm.
The original building, built in 1962, took a beating from the weather. It suffered rotting ceilings, leaky tiles and roof damage that were so bad the station decided to close its doors on June 12.
It hasn't been determined whether Station #4 will be restored or replaced, but Abilene Fire Chief Ken Dozier said they had to come up with a plan to get back to serving north Abilene.
"We wanted a plan in place that could work whether it's a couple of months, or whether it's many, many months – and we feel like the plan that we've landed on is going to accommodate that need," Dozier said.
The mobile home will be used as temporary living quarters, equipped with computers, water and sewer hookups, data ports and radio systems.
Dozier said the fire engine will stay in its original location.
"This engine room, we've already been assured that it's safe, and we feel like we can park and secure our equipment there," Dozier said.
The chief said he hopes the crew will be up and running by this weekend. There is no word yet on the estimated cost of the project.