Smithers Fire Dept. shut down

The Smithers volunteer fire department has been shut down. WSAZ-TV reports that the Smithers Volunteer Fire Department fell behind in its insurance payments and was closed Saturday, and for now at least, Montgomery and Boomer are providing the fire protection for Smithers. Some worry that the resources will be spread too thin and the town of Smithers won't have their fire calls answered quickly enough, but the mayor there says not to worry.