As of last week, Fire Station 16 on Los Arabis Drive in Lafayette has been closed indefinitely due to rodent infestation and leaking plumbing.
It is believed that rats under the station may have chewed the plumbing pipes, causing the leaking issues at the station, according to Contra Costa County Fire District Facilities Manager Ron Guelden. The leaks have caused mold contamination and the station was closed last week under the advice of County Risk Management.
Guelden said that because they don’t know how big the problem is, they do not know when the station will be open again. An assessment is underway.
Firefightersl from Station 16 have been relocated to Station 15 on Mt. Diablo Blvd. until the issue is resolved.
Lafayette has a mutual aid agreement with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, and Station 43 in Orinda is not far from Station 16, thus delayed response time should is not expected to be much of a problem, according to Guelden.