A controlled burn was held Sunday, Aug. 26, at the corner of 6th Street and Midland Street in Syracuse. Four fire departments participated in the exercise which held a dual purpose in providing them valuable training while also destroying a building that could no longer be safely inhabited. The City of Syracuse took ownership of the home after it was no longer liveable, and they worked with the Syracuse Fire Department to schedule the burn.  Volunteer Firefighters from Syracuse, Douglas, Unadilla, and Burr participated in the training while Syracuse Rescue Squad provided support services. People in lawn-chairs were scattered along the sidewalks and lawns at a safe distance but close enough to see the historic building burn. Firefighters protected the homes to the north and east with constant water spray throughout the morning. By late afternoon, only the chimney stood on the lot with the still smoking rubble surrounded by safety fencing.  The home had served as a private residence, a beauty salon, and a doctor’s office over the years. No plans have been made for the future of the site.
Photo by Laramie Werner