ST. JOSEPH COUNTY -- Southwest Central Fire Territory burned down a 2-story house for training purposes Saturday. Fire Departments from Elkhart County also participated in the training which included search and rescue along with fire suppression.
The nearly 90-year-old house was donated to the SWCFT. It burned to the ground in about 45 minutes in the culmination of 3 months of training at the location. Fire officials say this kind of real world training is invaluable.
Normally this training is done once a year. The territory says it's planning to burn another house later this year.