Fire training damages houses near Northwoods Park in Brooklyn Park
Two homes were damaged during a June 5 live burn fire training near Northwoods Park, on Winnetka Avenue between 107th and 109th avenues..
With the impending construction of a new housing development, Cove at Northwoods Park, situated between 107th and 109th avenues, two homes at 7848 107th Ave. and 10800 Winnetka Ave. needed to be removed from the site. The developer offered to let the fire department use the homes for live fire training rather than have them demolished.
The department conducted training in the homes June 3 without incident, but when the houses were burned down June 5, the heat from the fires melted the vinyl siding on two houses across 107th Avenue.
While the wind was blowing due east when the fire was started, the wind shifted at the height of the fire’s strength and pushed hot gas across the street, Fire Chief Ken Prillaman said.