NASELLE — Firemen from Pacific County Fire Protection District 4 looked on Dec. 2 as fire engulfed a building during the controlled burn of the EMS Fire Hall in Naselle.
After using the building to conduct several types of fire-suppression training exercises, Fire Chief Doug Sandell operated a loader — on loan from Naselle’s Harvey Johnson — to punch a hole in the roof. That hole created a draft, allowing the building to be quickly consumed by flames.
The almost 70-year old building was razed to make way for the construction of a new replacement EMS Fire Hall. The burn lasted throughout the afternoon with the loader used to push material along the edges into the center of the fire.
Building materials for the new building have been ordered and should arrive in late January. Construction is expected to begin shortly after that.