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In November of 2007 the Nakina Fire and Rescue building burned to the ground. No one was hurt or injured, but the building was destroyed. Saturday, the small Columbus County town dedicated their new facility. "We pulled our two fire trucks out and started putting the fire out, but the building was completely engulfed. There was no way we were going to save it," John Ward of Nakina Fire and Rescue said of the 2007 blaze that torched the building. "We were in shock. It was very hurtful. This was our home. We put a lot of time into it. There were a lot of tears," added Debbie Ward. Staring at a total loss, Gray Long, and most everyone in Nakina, had the same thought. "What are we going to do? Because we've been here so long, we didn't know what we would do without our building and our ambulances." But when the original Nakina Fire and Rescue member was asked about the current situation, Gray said, “Everything is looking good now." Looking good now is a bit of an understatement for Nakina Fire and Rescue. Saturday afternoon, most of Nakina attended an open house and dedication. In a way, it was like show and tell; remembering the building that was a total loss due to arson, and showing off the new one. John Ward described the new facility. "We built a 40’ x 130’ building. It's a nice facility. We have three bays for ambulances. We've rebounded a lot." Debbie Ward echoed his enthusiasm. "We're happy that we have a new building. We are so proud. We never thought we could have something this nice in Nakina, but we had to cry a little bit to get to this point" Sounds like something good came out of something bad. After 19 months there's still no arrest charge for arson on the Nakina fire.

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