SCHUYLER – Motorists on Highway 30 might have noticed billowing clouds of smoke and flames rising from an adjacent home on Sunday morning.
Schuyler Fire Chief Brad Sock says the home was being demolished, with the new Highway 30 expansion set to run through where the home currently sits. Sock says because they were getting rid of the home, they were able to use it as an opportunity to do controlled fire training with the Schuyler and Linwood Firefighters.
“Been here since about 7 O’clock this morning. We get our new guys involved in the training to see how fire behavior, reacts and get them in their enough to practice proper post techniques and stuff like that, and get the young guys with the old guys, and learn what the old guys know,” says Sock.
Roger Nelson says the home was built by his grandfather, and says it was an emotional day seeing the home his family built get burned down.
“Family came here from Iowa, after Czechoslovakia, and they moved the first house from Davenport, Iowa in 1891. And it was too small, they started making kids, and it was too small, so they moved the house to the north, and they built this house, and the original house burned. But this house was built n 1910,” says Nelson.
Nelson went on to say that he thought the Schuyler and Linwood fire crews at the scene did a great job with the burning process. The home was located on the corner of Highway 30 and Road 17.