By Ken Stern 

Local fire departments burn house down on purpose

 

Ken Stern

PROUD OF THEIR WORK WELL DONE – Firefighters from Fire District 13, in black, Fire District 2, in brown, La Conner Fire Department, in brown, and the chief of Fire District 17, are in high spirits – and maybe feeling a little warm – after spending a day putting out fires they had set inside the Hedlund family house, behind them. They are not the least bit worried that now it is burning down. They set that fire. Do not try this at home.

Burning the Hedlund house to the ground Saturday was only the last straw and the least important fire of the day for the La Conner and Fire Districts 2, 13 and 17 fire departments. By the time the last of the piles of wood pallets were brought into the house and the last of the interior fires were started with a propane tank and torch at 1:15 p.m., the various firefighting crews had spent hours in every room of the two story structure, examining, fighting, putting out and being tested on a variety of room, wall, floor and ceiling fire scenarios.

The June 11 training was the third day of con...



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