Blaze cripples Skellytown fire trucks

Diana Crawford
NewsChannel 10

Skellytown, Texas - At least one volunteer fire department is crippled after fighting Sunday's blaze.

Almost half the trucks at the Skellytown Volunteer Fire Department are in need of repair, after the fire that ripped through Hutchinson and Carson counties. The truck they depend on the most, is now completely out of action.

Fire Chief Clayton White says he is not sure how the repairs will be paid for, since funds are already low and the damage could cost up to $4,000 to fix. Clayton says, "We do receive tax payer money from two counties, but it's just enough to get by. That's pretty much all we ask for. We really depend on the community and the counties for donations for the extra that we have to pay out on trucks."

Even the Disaster Declaration won't help, because White says his department won't see government money until well after fire season, if at all. With fire season just starting, the department needs these trucks, so the repairs need to be made right away.

If you would like to help out, you can send donations to the Skellytown Volunteer Fire Department at P.O. Box 327, Skellytown, TX 79080.