Officials Postpone Controlled Burn on Iowa School

Associated Press

EXIRA, Iowa (AP) — Officials have postponed a controlled burn on a nearly century-old elementary school building in western Iowa.

Fire officials canceled the Sunday morning fire in Exira because of strong winds in the area. It has been pushed back to June 1.

About 100 firefighters from a dozen or so departments in the region were expected to participate in the burn as part of training. The Exira Elk Horn-Kimballton Community School District says it will save up to $60,000 in demolition costs by doing the burn.

The large brick building near the center of town was closed in 2011. It was originally scheduled to be burned down at the end of April, but poor weather conditions canceled it.

Exira is a small community about 60 miles west of Des Moines.

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