The Columbus Division of Fire is working to knock down a bed bug problem at fire stations.
"In three engine houses we have found approximately nine live bugs and close to 16 dead ones," Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Michael Fowler said.
Fowler said that the problem began a month ago at Engine House 12, located along Sullivant Avenue.
"A couple of guys went in and sat on one of the sofas in the TV living room area and a gentleman felt that he was getting bit," Fowler said.
Fowler said that the sofas and upholstery were removed from the living area. Two weeks later, bed bugs were discovered at two other engine houses along West Broad Street.
"We're recommending that our guys not wear the same fatigues home that they came in," Fowler said.
Fire officials were also asking firefighters and medics to limit placing equipment on floors of homes and on the streets.
"We're not accusing anyone in the city of having bed bugs," Fowler said. "We know there are bed bugs all over the city."
Fire union members said that they supported the recommendations and would work with the department to help prevent further infestations.
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