Basin blaze part of training exercise
April 20, 2009
A house near The Canyons, which used to house a popular Snyderville Basin day care, caught fire Monday morning.
The building is being eyed for demolition and the blaze is part of a series of controlled burns firefighters are using to train inside the former Miss Billie’s Kids Kampus at 4120 N. State Road 224.
"There are only certain types of buildings that we can do live fire training in," said Bob Zanetti, an assistant chief at the Park City Fire District.
Firefighters are using mostly wood and other "ordinary combustibles" to ignite rooms inside the building, which was donated for the exercises, Zanetti said, adding that windows were removed from the house before fires began.
"This building is ideal because there are no neighbors around," he said about the house that sits boarded up at the edge of a field adjacent to ParkWest Village.
The exercises help firefighters maintain readiness, Zanetti said.
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"We’ve been working on this for a long time," he said, adding that Monday and Wednesday they will train inside the home.
But there aren’t many buildings to burn in western Summit County. "It’s a rarity that we have a building we can actually train in," Zanetti said.
Guidelines are followed that are set by the National Fire Protection Association.
Summit County purchased the building, which is slated to be destroyed, along with 20 acres of adjacent land to be preserved as open space. Ike and Billie Koleman, who operated the school for tikes, owned the land for more than 30 years.
"We’re excited it’s going to be a park," said Cindy Meneses, the Kolemans’ daughter who now runs Miss Billie’s Kids Kampus in Salt Lake County.