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Firetruck catches fire in Lexington fire station

Engine 21 was at the fire station on Mapleleaf Drive when firefighters said they heard a loud pop. It turns out a firetruck's engine caught on fire.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Lexington firetruck is out of service after it caught on fire early Monday morning.

Engine 21 was at the fire station on Mapleleaf Drive when firefighters said they heard a loud pop. It turns out a firetruck's engine caught on fire.

Firefighters were well equipped to put the fire out quickly.

The crew stripped what parts and pieces from the truck they could before it was towed away for further investigation.

To replace a fire truck like the one damaged would cost the department around $750,000.

The damaged truck is close to 17 years old, which fire officials say is two years over the 15-year average lifespan for a truck of its kind in Lexington.

Officials told Fox 56 that lifespan can be even shorter when trucks are used for medical calls when all ambulances are in use.

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