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History for Sale: Once a Firehouse, Now a Home

COVINGTON, Ky (Angela Ingram) -- There aren't too many places you can come home to that might also be well suited for a fire truck.

But, that is the case at one home in Covington.  A building that used to be Engine Company Number Four in Covington.  It was built in 1888.

Beth Johnson from the Covington Preservation and Planning said, "It was not just a firehouse, but it was a neighborhood service, it was a community center.  They would have cook-outs here for the neighborhood.  This was essential part of daily life for the neighborhood."

About 30 years ago the old firehouse was converted into a home.  There have been previous owners but eight years ago Jacqui Foster moved in with her family.

She told us, "As soon as he opened the garage door and we looked in here we were like, sold!  No need to go any farther, we're good."

The Fosters have always loved firehouses.  They've collected memorabilia including turnout gear that hangs from a door, old buckets and a pole is in the same spot where the original once was. They found old black and whites of their home when it was a firehouse.

The living space upstairs is just as interesting says Jacqui, "They're all original.  Original hardwood floors."

There are still tiles in the kitchen and bathrooms that the original homeowner put in.

Johnson said, "The building when, it was originally rehabbed, used the federal tax credit program and there's things such as the wells around the windows that they have kind of the roof or the ceiling comes in."

When the firehouse was originally built in 1888 the fire department still used horses.  There were huge cast concrete horse heads attached to the building.  Now those horse heads are at the Scott Street Fire Station.

After Huff Realty listed the house the family got an offer in just six hours.  The Fosters will miss their home but they're grateful to have lived in a piece of history.

Jacqui said, "I've been basically in tears since we decided to sell it but you gotta do what you gotta do and I'll miss it, but hopefully they'll let me come back and visit."

The home sale is pending.  The old firehouse was listed at about 280,000 dollars.

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