Correction: City officials say burning the house as a fire training exercise was the result of the city’s unsuccessful attempts (over three years) to compel the owner to secure the old run-down, and unoccupied building.
An old bungalow type house in the 600 block of NW Coast Street in Nye Beach went up in flames tonight. The fire department actually set fire to it many times as they used it as a “Burn to Learn” exercise for less experienced fire fighters.
The drill is to set fires inside the house, rush in, put them out while getting accustomed to billowing hot smoke and zero visibilities. They went from room to room, torching the insides as they went, different teams taking turns, getting the sound, heat and fury of a house fire firmly tatooed on their brains so future fires will seem less daunting and their performance more automatic and disciplined, with hopefully fewer surprises.
After doing their room to room fire starting, they let the rest of the home burn to the ground.
Our thanks to Sandra Kittel who snapped a few pictures for us. Can’t make it sometimes without the community stepping up and covering for us while we’re pulled in a bunch of other directions. Good job Sandra. Thanks for sharing with us.