Building in Newport to go down in flames... on purpose

NEWPORT, Ore. -- If you are heading north this weekend and happen to see smoke driving through Newport, don't worry. It's just firefighters burning down a building.

On Saturday, the building owned by Samaritan Pacific Health Services will be burned down as part of a 'Burn to Learn' training for the Newport Fire Department.

Officials say that starting around 8:00 a.m., they will begin to set fires in different parts of the building and practice fighting the blaze until it is no longer safe to enter.

Fire officials say the training will be canceled if the weather becomes too extreme or a significant wind is blowing.

The fire will disrupt some traffic in the Newport area:

  • SW 10th St. from SW Bay St. to SW Case St. will be blocked

  • The sidewalk and parking on the west side of SW 10th St. between SW Bay St. and SW Case St. will also be blocked

  • The closures will begin at 7:00 a.m., and last until 5:00 p.m.

If you have questions about the training exercise, you can call Doyle Helmricks, Training Officer at 541-265-9461.