Onlookers watched as local firefighters and training officers from Seattle Fire Department burned down the house, barn and a solarium on property owned by the Port of Anacortes near the Anacortes Airport on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Such training is rare. This was the first such training fire, in which a house is donated for fire training purposes, since 2011, Anacortes Fire Chief Dave Oliveri said.

“I can’t put a price tag on what this means to us. I’ve had some of my 20-plus firefighters tell me this is the best training they’ve had in their entire career,” he said as firefighters fought smaller training fires inside the house before getting the structure ready to burn to the ground.

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