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Published January 22, 2020

Déjà vu: Car drives into deputy chief’s residence

CAMDEN COUNTY - It was a bit of Déjà vu for the Mid-County Fire Protection District (MCFPD) on Saturday, January 11.

While firefighters were working a motor vehicle collision and a medical emergency at 3:43 p.m., the MCFPD was dispatched to a report of a car into a building on Palm Gardens Drive in Camdenton.

Firefighters arrived to find that an SUV had gone through the exterior wall into the living room and kitchen area of one unit.

The building involved had three units in it but only one unit was involved in the incident and damaged.

Upon arrival it was discovered that the unit involved belonged to MCFPD Deputy Chief Stark.

Stark was operating at the previous emergency call when this incident occurred, so he was not home at the time of the incident, however, his daughter was home, but fortunately she was upstairs at the time and was uninjured.

There were no injuries reported with this incident.

The incident caused a substantial hole in the front exterior wall of the unit and MCFPD firefighters assisted in boarding up the exterior wall and securing the unit.

At the time of the incident, it was snowing and the roads were covered and slick.

Some may remember that Deputy Chief Stark was seriously injured on October 24, 2014, when a vehicle drove through the wall at the Camdenton Fire Station, pinning Stark under the vehicle in his office.

“We are all very grateful that no one was injured in Saturday’s incident,” said MCFPD Chief Scott Frandsen.

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