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Oklahoma department's firetruck stolen, set ablaze

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 12, 2013 at 8:58 a.m.

AVANT, Okla. — Authorities in northeast Oklahoma are investigating after someone stole a rural department's firetruck and set it on fire.

Avant Fire Department Chief Gene Atkins said the vandal or vandals also ransacked the volunteer fire department's office at the station.

The charred firetruck was later discovered on a rural Osage County road. Mayor Justin Brown told Tulsa television station KOTV that estimated damage is about $120,000. Although the truck is covered by insurance, Brown said the policy has a high deductible and the town's volunteer department only has a small annual budget.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Osage County sheriff's office.

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