Burned house saves city/taxpayer money

The house at 1308 was originally burned in a fire training exercise

A demolished house is now saving the city and taxpayer's money.

The house that once sat at 1308 Mulberry Avenue is demolished now, thanks to the Fire Department, who burned it during a training exercise. Since the house was burned and reduced to ashes, it reduced the amount of trash taken to the landfill, thus reducing tipping fees. On average, to take a demolished house to landfill would cost around $2,000 according to Code Enforcement Director Mike Tilson. The building that was burned cost only $300, saving taxpayers $1,700. The Fire Department says they will use 30 more homes on Code Enforcement's list for training this year.

To report a dilapidated house, call 878-3111.