Firefighters started the morning by setting eight practice fires in a wooden annex to the public works building, which used to be the regional Minnesota Department of Transportation headquarters, and finished their afternoon by burning it to the ground.
It was a way to practice with other agencies — fire departments from North Mankato and St. Claire assisted — while saving the city the expense of demolition.
The city is moving its bus garage, bus wash and mass transit office space to the public works facility, The two-story annex, about 75-by-30 feet, was in the way.
Here are photos from Saturday's practice burn:
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