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HOUSTON The Moss Bluff Volunteer Fire Department in Liberty County is reeling after thieves ransacked the station.

John Wilson has been a volunteer firefighter for 40 years and the chief of the Moss Bluff station in Liberty County for 17 years.

On Monday night, he made a shocking discovery.

I come in to find the hoods up, the doors open, had the hoses hanging off the trucks, said Wilson.

The small station on County Road 133 South was ransacked. Every fire engine and rescue vehicle was stripped of radiators, brass fittings, batteries, pumps, even ladders.

A generator was taken, and copper wiring was stolen from an A/C unit and an alarm system that Wilson said had been broken.

He believes all of these items will be sold at scrap yards.

There was no insurance on building to take care of trucks. Everything we do, it s all volunteer.

Wilson said it will take the Moss Bluff station at least a year, if not longer, to replace everything that was stolen, and he said the station will soon begin to plan fundraisers.

Cpt. Ken DeFoor with the Liberty County Sheriff s Office had a few choice words about the incident.

For someone to come in and steal from a fire department who, every single day puts their lives on the line just like the Houston firefighters it would take a sick mind for someone to come in and do something like this, he said.

The cost of the damage hasn t been tallied, but is expected to be several thousand dollars.

DeFoor said he believes several people were involved in the burglary and that a large truck was likely used to haul the items away.

Deputies have taken fingerprints from the scene and are offering a $4,000 reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The other dozen volunteer stations in Liberty County will handle their calls.

If you have information you can call the Liberty County Sheriff s Office at 936-336-4500.

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