Texas fire station gets rebuilt, thanks to ABC’s ‘Extreme Makeover’
ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is building a new home for volunteer firefighter Mizzy Zdroj, who lost her home in the massive Bastrop Fire in September, as well as improving one of her fire department’s stations.
The Bastrop Fire consumed more than 34,000 acres in Texas and destroyed more than 1,300 homes — including those of 14 out of the Heart of Pine Volunteer Fire Department’s 22 members. Firefighters saved their station by burning a protective line in the grass that stopped the approaching flames. Heart of Pines Fire Chief Nathan Decker wondered if the fires would wipe out his volunteers, who didn’t have a place to live much less time to continue helping others or oversee fundraisers required to raise money for the department’s equipment needs.
Then, about a week ago, Decker got the surprise of his life. Not only was one of his displaced firefighters going to be built a new home, but the firehouse also would be renovated.
“The Zdroj family’s home burned to the ground and since this was their primary response station, “Extreme Makeover” decided to do the station also,” he said.
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