COOPERS MILLS — Hundreds of items waiting to be auctioned off filled the century-old fire station and covered its lawn Saturday morning before the start of the Coopers Mills Volunteer Fire Department Association’s annual charity auction.

The auction supports the operations of the independent organization and contributes to its long-term effort to build a new fire station, an effort that’s nearing completion.

“We’re really close on a new building,” Brian Huntley, a volunteer firefighter and auction chairman, told attendees Saturday.

Huntley said the organization has raised around $175,000 of the roughly $250,000 that will likely be needed to build a new station. He said construction could begin next year on the new building near the current station on Main Street.

“We’re hoping this is going to carry us forward,” Huntley said of the auction, which was run by around 45 volunteers.

The organization typically raises $20,000 a year in total, he said, and the annual auction is its biggest event.

Before auction Saturday, Huntley said the organization had already received $2,000 in donations from area businesses. “This is the best merchant support we’ve ever had,” he said.

The new station is being designed by architect David Landmann, of Windsor, who volunteered his work for the project.

Paul Koenig — 621-5663

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Twitter: @paul_koenig

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