Water has created a leaky roof at one firehouse in Jewett City.
While municipal leaders are on the verge of fixing the problem, they said a bigger one is just down the road.
Water leaked significantly inside the A.A. Young Fire House Friday afternoon and spilled onto the department's new truck, the electrical alarm panel mounted on the wall and the desk of the fire chief's office.
"Looking at the inside, you can see where they penetrated the roof," said Gary Frink, who is a retired fire chief. "There's a leak here and there and in real bad storms."
Town officials told Eyewitness News the leaks were likely coming from the 50-year-old flat roof, where contractors installed solar panels.
"I've arranged for the energy company, the roofing company who were contracted at the time to come down next Wednesday to repair the leaks," said Jewett City First Selectmen Phil Anthony. "But the roof itself is ancient."
The firehouse roof was installed in 1996. It's supposed to last up to 15 years.
It's now 17 years old and town leaders are hoping to find grants to fund the replacement of the whole roof, so equipment doesn't get soaked.
Anthony told Eyewitness News he believes it will cost more than $25,000 to replace the roof.
"Even though it's not a huge building, nevertheless, it depends of course on what type of roof is chosen," he said.
In the short term, the town has plans to fix the leaks, but the long-term solution to replace the roof is still under discussion.
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