White powder-filled bag center of police investigation at HFD Fire Station 17


Fire Station 17, located on Navigation east of downtown, was pulled out of service Thursday night as Houston police investigated.

An HFD captain says around 7pm Thursday, a firefighter on shift found the powder-filled bag in the sleeping quarters. When the district chief was notified, he pulled the station out of service and called HPD to investigate.

HFD says they can't yet say how long Station 17 was out of service since it's part of the ongoing investigation.

Some residents hope that areas were not left without fire coverage.

"I don't think that's a good thing to shut the whole fire station down. If there's an emergency then the fire department would be needed," Houstonian Kevin Jackson said.

HFD says there was no lapse in coverage while Station 17 was out of service.

All firefighters on shift at the station were drug tested and then sent home.

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