Bed bugs infesting Chester city fire stations

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Sources tell us FOX 29 bed bugs are biting first responders in the fire houses in the city of Chester.

They're quite worried, and they could be unwittingly bringing those bed bugs into your homes.

So what's happening it to stop it?

It was about a week ago when a couple of Chester firefighters at Station 82 started complaining of bug bites.

Well it wasn't long until they realized those bites came from bed bugs.  In their sleeping quarters that forced them to toss their beds into the trash.

Fox 29 has now learned both of Chester's firehouses are now infested with bed bugs.

Box springs and mattresses from Chester Fire Station were tossed to the curb after the nasty discovery of bed bugs.

Several sources telling FOX 29 more than a week ago two firefighters were bitten as they slept in their bunks at the Chester fire Station Number 82.

Several firefighters tell us they informed headquarters about the problem.  What happened?  The station was given cans of bed bug spray according to sources.

Firefighters acted as exterminators for the day.  

But more than a week after the pests were discovered, it wasn't until today that a professional exterminator was brought in.  But just to survey the situation. 

So far treatment to get rid of the bugs hasn't started.

And they not only found bed bugs in Station 82, but FOX 29 has learned there is another infestation in the bunk room at station 81 across town. 

"We verified we do have some infestation with bed bugs. We reached out to a tech company that will come out an remedy the situation and it's being taken care of," explained Comm. Travis Thomas of the Chester Fire Department.

Fire commissioner Travis Thomas says the department hadn't heard about the bugs until 2 days ago, and says he's it's the first case he's remembered in 23 years.

In a statement a spokesperson for the Chester fire union tells FOX 29:

"We look forward to working with the city to provide our firefighters a healthy and habitable work place to ensure proper services are provided to the citizens of Chester"

 

Firefighters didn't want to go on camera.  But they are telling me privately they are very concerned about the bugs, not only for themselves and family-but for citizen's whose homes they go into every day.

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