Burning it down


Gordon Weeks

Central Mason Fire & EMS Battalion Chief Jeff Snyder, left, communicates with other firefighters Saturday as 25 firefighters from the department and Fire Districts 6 and 17 train while burning down a city-owned house that had been surplussed next to the Shelton Civic Center.

About 100 residents turned out Saturday to watch 25 firefighters from Central Mason Fire & EMS and Fire Districts 6 and 17 battle flames inside an old house next to the Shelton Civic Center, and then let it burn to the ground.

The live fire training exercise started at 9 a.m., with fires lit inside the dilapidated house at 218 S. 5th St., and then extinguished. By 1 p.m., the house was engulfed in flames as firefighters watched the structure collapse.

The house was owned by the City of Shelton, which recently declared the structure surplus. It was most recently used for storage, but the...

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