Residents in the area of Mineral Springs Park should be aware of a planned fire scheduled for Sunday if the weather conditions are right. A home on Cherry Street has been selected by the Owatonna Fire Department for the training fire, and residents in the area can expect to see multiple fires before the home comes down.

According to a press release from the Owatonna Fire Department:

Starting at 8 a.m. that day, firefighters will be lighting and extinguishing fires in the structure. “This is a terrific opportunity for our newest firefighters to learn how fire behaves in a structure and to experience what it is like to be right in the middle of a fire,” said Ed Hoffman, Fire Chief. Once the training exercises have been completed, firefighters will oversee the burning down of the structure. There may be smoke in the area during this time and nearby residents should close any open windows if they notice smoke in their homes. The Fire Department will remain on the scene until the fire is completely extinguished. The property will then be cleared and restored as part of parkland for future use.

Anyone who doesn't live in the area should plan to avoid the area according to the release and be aware that some of the streets around the burn will be closed to the public.

The property is located across from the Mineral Springs Park exit. Mineral Springs Parkway and Cherry Street will also be closed in the area and the Fire Department recommends avoiding the area if possible.

For those interested in learning more information about the burn, or to get updated if the burn will be delayed are asked to check the Owatonna Fire Department's Facebook Page. You can follow their page by clicking below.

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