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The opportunity for Cottage Grove firefighters to burn a house as a training exercise is rare, usually occurring only once every four or five years. Bulletin photo by Judy Spooner

Cottage Grove fire crews burn house to train for tragedy

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Billows of black smoke poured from a home in Old Cottage Grove recently, but it was no emergency: the blaze was a controlled burn by firefighters at the request of the property owners.

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The McChesney House, built in the 1800s, is located near the home of Lyle and Cheryl Kohls, who own the property.

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Judy Spooner is the longest-serving staff writer at the South Washington County Bulletin. Spooner, who covers education and features in addition to writing a weekly column, has been with the newspaper for over 30 years.
(651) 459-7600
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