Nakina fire station re-opens after flames gutted building

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A group of fire-rescue workers opened a brand new station Saturday after a devastating fire destroyed the building over a year ago.

"I don't believe there was a dry eye with anybody that was on the facility," said Betty Long. "It tore our hearts."

Flames gutted the station and two ambulances in Nakina in November 2007, a small community in Columbus County.  Investigators determined arson was to blame.

Now, a year and a half later, a new structure stands where the old one once was.  Nakina's fire rescue squad held a grand-opening ceremony and luncheon at the $260,000 facility and both ambulances that were destroyed have also been replaced.

Nakina's fire-rescue director John Ward calls this day, bittersweet.

"It's been a blessing for us," said Ward." "Seems like it's drawn us together some, to help us work together and also help us realize how blessed we really were with what we had."

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