Antioch Fire Department moving to new building

Antioch Volunteer Fire Department on Creech’s Church Road outside Kenly has the oldest fire station in Johnston County. But, that situation is expected to change as plans are being discussed to construct a new station in the near future.

“Our station was built in 1961 and has been added to multiple times,” said Antioch Fire Chief Kendall Hocutt. “We have needed a new facility for many years.

According to Hocutt, the current station was originally built in a low area and has always had issues of flooding during heavy rains.

The building is not handicap-accessible and the original 10-foot-wide bay doors are no longer large enough to accommodate today’s fire trucks.

The group has taken the first major step by purchasing a 5-acre site for the new station on N.C. 42 near the Stancil’s Chapel community between N.C. 39 and N.C. 222. 

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