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Alhambra : Rebuilt Fire Station to Open

August 12, 1993

A city fire station heavily damaged by the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake and reconstructed in the past year will be reopened Saturday.

Fire Station 74, 2505 W. Norwood Place, has been closed since the October, 1987, earthquake. It is one of four stations run by the city's Fire Department and serves the southwest area of Alhambra.

Reconstruction at the site began in June, 1992, and cost more than $1 million, said Richard Ingram, the department's administrative chief.

The bill for renovations will be shared by the city and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The split is yet to be determined, Ingram said.

Renovations include a decontamination room for hazardous materials and a seven-foot sound wall surrounding the station to reduce noise for neighbors.

Ingram said much of the old station has been incorporated into the new station to preserve its appearance and save money, including scrolled bricks, decorative cement and the old station sign, which reads Engine Company 4.

Saturday's dedication is at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a tour of the new facility.

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