The O'Neill Fire Department with help from the Nebraska State Fire Marshall's Training Division burned a 100-year-old two-story house in O'Neill on Saturday, Sept. 28.

The house which was owned by Jack Welsh was to be demolished and he asked the fire department if they would be interested in burning it for training purposes.

"We don't burn every house that needs to come down but this house was in a good place with no houses nearby and was two stories and in good condition so it was a good fit to burn as we could practice in the numerous rooms it provided," said O'Neill Fire Chief Terry Miles.

"The burn took months to set up and a couple of days to prepare the house for the burn. The house was deemed to be structurally sound and rooms in the house were chosen to train in and loaded up with old pallets and scrap paper to start the training fires.

The training consisted of using different spray patterns and showing the firemen how to approach the fire safely using proper techniques on how to put out the fire, and in some instances use little amounts of water to do so," commented Miles.

Firefighters from Spencer, Wayne and other communities took part in the event as well as members of the training division who traveled great distances to help out.

The event started around 6 a.m. and went until 3 p.m. 

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