Firefighters trained this week in a blighted house that they burned on Monday on Waddell Place in Oak Ridge.
If all goes well, two more blighted city-owned homes on Waddell Place could also be set on fire and used for training, said Josh Waldo, Oak Ridge assistant fire chief.
The city had state approval to burn the home on Monday. A plume of smoke that rose above the ridge top could be seen for miles on Monday morning. Non-wood products such as shingles and plastic were removed before the home was burned.
It’s the first time the city has burned a house for training, although Waldo said it’s been done many times in the county.
He said the fire helped the city in two ways: 1) burning materials that would otherwise have to be demolished and hauled away, and 2) training firefighters.
Waldo said firefighters would stay at the scene through the afternoon to keep an eye on the fire.