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A farmhouse in southern in Johnson County was burned down Thursday as part of training for local firefighters, and a local charity will decide how to use the property.

The property on County Road 700W northwest of Trafalgar had been donated to Habitat for Humanity, and the house needed to be demolished, said Lee Ann Wilbur, Habitat’s Johnson County executive director.

The organization worked with Bargersville Fire Department to do a controlled burn, which would save Habitat the cost of tearing the house down and hauling material away, Wilbur said. Habitat for Humanity builds homes for low-income families.


The organization is deciding whether to build a new home on the property, Wilbur said. The lot size is too small to install septic and other services. Habitat officials are deciding whether to try to get needed easements or sell the property.

Firefighters from four local departments, Bargersville, Franklin, White River Township and Greenwood, were part of training at the house Wednesday and Thursday. The one-story farmhouse was burned to the ground Thursday afternoon, following search and rescue and contained fire training exercises, Franklin Fire Chief John Henderson said.

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