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SNOWVILLE CLEARS FIRE-STATION FUND HURDLE

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Residents and local companies have chipped in more than $11,000 to rebuild the town's fire station that volunteer firefighters accidentally set ablaze.

The donations have allowed Mayor Carolyn Larkin to withdraw the town's application for emergency federal funds. The local money, insurance and the town's remaining fire budget should cover the new $60,000 firehouse, she said.The town originally thought the new structure would cost about $120,000, but for now it will get by on a pared-down version.

"We're going to build small, and make it to add on later," Larkin said.

Fire engulfed the building this summer while volunteers, including fire Chief Derek Olsen, were working on a fuel line.

All escaped with minor injuries, but the town's two firetrucks were destroyed along with firefighting equipment. Olsen is housing three donated firetrucks at his house until the new station is built.