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Firefighters drill with real fire

Firefighters hone skills on former DMLC dorm

September 29, 2013
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer ( , The Journal

NEW ULM - Firefighters honed their skills Saturday with a live fire drill involving a vacated building on Boundary Street, near River View Sanitation on the north edge of town.

The drill began with several small-scale live burns. Firefighters lit controllable size fires in a room on the third floor of the building. A team of five firefighters advanced to the area and extinguished the fire, then ventilated the area and overhauled the room, ensuring the fire did not extend to other areas.

Firefighters then lit several areas of the first floor. Fire eventually consumed the building while other firefighters created hose streams and protected exposures surrounding the building.

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Staff photo by Fritz Busch
New Ulm Volunteer firefighters practice their skills with a live burn fire drill at vacated building adjacent to River View Sanitation on Boundary Street Saturday.

River View Sanitation owner Kevin Finstad watched the building burn while firefighters held hoses on it.

"Long ago, the building housed a male dormitory where Martin Luther College now stands," Finstad said. "It was beyond repair, but in it's day, the stucco and wood building had to be beautiful. It had 12 bedrooms, four bathrooms and hardwood floors."

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