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Charleston Fire Department officials say they are treating CFD Station 11 for pests after bed bugs were spotted on a mattress in the station's dorm overnight.

A specially trained pest-sniffing dog inspected the station Wednesday, and confirmed the infestation, officials say. According to CFD, the bugs were limited to a single area of one room in the station.

In May, bed bugs were found at three CFD stations (7, 13 and 20), and later at Station 19. All 16 CFD stations were inspected for the insects afterward, and reported cleared in early June.

Firefighters from Station 11 are being relocated to Station 16 while the facility is being treated, and will return once it is pest free, according to CFD.

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Interim CFD Chief John Tippett says Clemson University experts tell him isolated outbreaks are to be expected due to the scope of the problem in our region.

"The CFD has developed a strict set of pest control and treatment protocols around a widely recognized set of best practices for these situations," Tippett says. "In this case, they appear to be working well, as we have been able to identify this outbreak at an early stage, and take quick action while it is still confined to a small portion of one room in the facility."

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