Controlled house fire trains new recruits
Firefighters with the Grand Junction Fire Department aim to make short work of a home at 859 Struthers Avenue.
The live fire training is the first live fire scenario on a home for the department’s 13 new recruits who will join the station’s ranks next month.
Firefighters spent the day chain-sawing through the roof to provide ventilation, while other firefighters burned the structure in portions, before burning the building to the ground.
The site is the future home of Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s new warehouse and bottling facility.
Before burning a home, firefighters must make sure the home is free of asbestos and other contaminants, Grand Junction Fire Department spokesman Mike Page said. Firefighters first work to shut off and disconnect utilities and ensure a home is safe to burn.
Live fire training is somewhat rare at the fire department because structures must meet some criteria, Page said.
Burning for training purposes is allowed although Mesa County is under a no-burn ban, Page said.
The abandoned house, near the River Trail and Botanical Gardens, will be future home of the new Kannah Creek Brewery.