Arson Ravaged Chapel Helps in Firefighter Training

Arson Ravaged Chapel Helps in Firefighter Training

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(KSL News) – A demolition crew is leveling an L-D-S Church ravaged by fire, while firefighters get some extra training.

Federal prosecutors say an arsonist torched the Western Hills First Ward in Kearns last August.

Arson Ravaged Chapel Helps in Firefighter Training

A month ago, they charged an illegal alien with starting the fire after stealing blank checks from the clerk's office.

Today a contractor battered the walls and ripped at the roof.

On the other side of the building firefighters recreated the fire for training.

Batt. Chief Royce Haakenson/Salt Lake Co. Fire Dept.: "It allows people to watch fire behavior and how it moves without having to deal with it in emergency situations...and review some of the things they know, but that are not fresh in their minds."

Losses totaled one-point-three million dollars. The Church does not plan to rebuild at that location. Members of the ward are meeting elsewhere.

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