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Walnut house burned during training

Published: Monday, July 29, 2013 10:59 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, July 29, 2013 11:08 a.m. CDT
(CNA photo by KYLE WILSON)
Creston firefighters Patrick Baker and Jake Winkler prepare to push in one of the walls during a controlled burn at 1000 N. Walnut St. Sunday morning.

Creston Fire Department held a fire training Sunday at 1000 N. Walnut Street. The property, owned by Steve and Ashli Peterson, was burned to the ground.

“The owners wanted to tear it down, and basically to demolish it,” said Mick Landers, Creston assistant fire chief. “They went through the steps to basically meet the criteria to burn it down for training.”

Firefighters lit a fire in the house at approximately 8:30 a.m. Several teams of firefighters were set up to put the live fire out, ventilate the house of smoke or do overhaul to find smouldering materials.

The department did two rounds of firefighting with the new fire truck before burning the house and shed down. The fire department left at 11:30 a.m.

“We burned it down for a training fire to train on our new truck, and got them (the property owners) a clean lot,” said Todd Jackson, Creston fire chief.

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