Houses to be set ablaze; Intersection will be closed while fire department practices

A neighborhood intersection near City Center Park in Greenwood will be closed for two days next week to allow firefighters to train in two homes they plan to burn down.

The homes at the northwest corner of the Beechview Drive and Lincoln Street intersection were donated to the Greenwood Fire Department for training by Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Services, Fire Chief Darin Hoggatt said.

About 75 Greenwood firefighters will get the chance to train in the two homes as they first work with small room fires and then conduct a full burn of the two houses, he said.

The fire department typically does one practice fire each year, which gives firefighters the chance to use their hoses and other equipment in a real scenario, Hoggatt said.

“There is nothing like being in that situation to not only feel the heat but see what the fire behavior does as it progresses through its stages,” Hoggatt said.

The intersection, which is west of City Center Park, will be closed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 and 19.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at jtellers@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2702.