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New Franklin Fire hosts practice burn

5/9/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

NEW FRANKLIN — Fire departments from Coventry, Clinton, Barberton, Canal Fulton and Lawrence Township gathered for a practice burn hosted by the New Franklin Fire Department May 4.

New Franklin officials offered a vacant home at 857 Center Road the city purchased last year as the site for the burn.

The practice burn began with firefighters lighting fires in the home using a propane torch. According to New Franklin Fire Chief Steve Leslie, 19 fires were started and then put out before the final big burn. Leslie added the last fire consumed the house by about 5 p.m.

A group of firemedics are pictured at top, as some of them watch others during the practice burn.

Pictured below is New Franklin firemedic Adam Guillod as he operates the pumper truck used in dousing the flames.

Another firemedic is pictured at right handling a hose during the drill.

Mayor Al Bollas said the practice burn was “very beneficial” and some area residents brought blankets and chairs to watch the firefighters at work.

— By Maria Lindsay

Photos: Lew Stamp

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