Categorized | Samantha Baker

Rogers FD Control House Burn

Firefighters from Rogers Fire Department monitor a control burn on a house Monday, July 29, 2013, located at 212 S. 13th Street in Rogers. The house, and the house next door, were donated to the department to use for training before they were demolished. The Rogers Fire Department utilized the buildings to practice different fire tactics, ventilation options, forcible entry points, search and rescue, and other skills. Bryan Hinds, deputy chief, said burning the building also helps to reduce the amount of waste the property owner will have to remove when tearing down the rest of the building. The second house used by the department will be burned later in the week.

The Department was really awesome about letting me walk around…pretty much wherever I wanted (with common sense of course). Its really nice with you have that repertoire with a department where they know you’re not going to get crazy and you know they won’t yell at you! I’ve shot a control burn before, but this was in much closer quarters. It was interesting to see how they actually add some burn material to start the fire. In the beginning there were firefighters both inside and outside the building

The hair salon next door also was affected by the burn. Firefighters continuously showered the salon with water to protect it from the heat given off by the burning house and to prevent that building from catching on fire as well. A large tree behind the burn house did catch, but was quickly controlled by the more than four fire hoses monitoring the burn.

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I'm originally from Colorado and I was introduced to photojournalism in high school while working on the school's yearbook. In 2011, I graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in journalism and art. This is my first “real-world” job, but while in college I worked for CSU's daily student newspaper and I interned for Denver-based Westword, the Colorado Eagles (ACHL hockey team) and Johnson and Wales University. I cherish analog photography and I like to shoot on a medium-format Mamyia RB67 whenever I can. While I'm not at work, I enjoy doing all sorts of physical activities, especially mud runs and Crossfit, and I love to bake desserts (which are usually consumed by my coworkers).