The Dassel Fire Department was able to take advantage of a fair amount of training Monday during a controlled burn north of the cemetery in Dassel.
Black smoke billowed up for several hours as the firefighters burned an old house and two sheds, which were offered by Dale and Cathleen Jones. The Jones are missionaries in Cambodia.
The Jones were not present during the burn, but Dale’s brother, Al Jones was there, watching the training with curiosity.
The department was able to practice two different levels of training, level one for those less experienced, and level two for more experienced firefighting.
They entered the house a total of five times, with five teams being able to participate, commented Dave Johnson of the department.
Dassel was also able to conduct a controlled burn last year, Johnson commented.
To do this, the home owner must pay for testing to ensure that no toxic elements exist such as asbestos, which is common in old houses.