Fire training sends smoke billowing over northeast Cedar Rapids metro

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LINN COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - Fire training on a home just outside Cedar Rapids city limits sent smoke billowing into the sky Sunday.

Fire burns a home near Cedar Rapids as part of training for firefighters on Sunday September 23, 2018 (KCRG-TV9).

Monroe, Alburnett, Palo and Robins Fire Departments signed up to take part in the training on the home off Ushers Ferry Road Northeast where it passes under Highway 100. The scene created a distraction for a lot of drivers passing by on Highway 100 who could see the thick smoke and flames.

Firefighters used the home to train inside most of Sunday morning on various techniques. The afternoon was spent monitoring a huge fire to level the building.

The homeowners, who are friends with the Monroe Fire Department, had donated the building to the fire departments for training. They planned to demolish the former rental home.


The homeowners, who are friends with the Monroe Fire Department, had donated the building to the fire departments for training. (Courtesy: Kalina McBurney)
The homeowners, who are friends with the Monroe Fire Department, had donated the building to the fire departments for training. (Courtesy: Kalina McBurney)
The homeowners, who are friends with the Monroe Fire Department, had donated the building to the fire departments for training. (Courtesy: Kalina McBurney)