House used for fire training catches fire

July 1, 2009 7:47:33 AM PDT
A vacant house in flames must have looked familiar to northwestern Ohio firefighters. Less than 24 hours earlier, they were at the same house putting out fires for a training exercise.

The cause of the fire early Wednesday in the Toledo suburb of Sylvania is under investigation.

On Tuesday morning, "controlled burn" fires had been set in the same house so four local lawmakers could suit up and accompany firefighters inside. The exercise was part of a program that gives officials a taste of what firefighting is like so they can understand fire department equipment and personnel needs.

The property will eventually be cleared to become public parkland.

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