Farm house

A burned farm during a PVFD training exercise on Saturday

The Perry Volunteer Fire Department held a structural fire drill Saturday morning, burning down a home just south of Perry at 15003 J Ave.

The fire crew practiced opening vents in the structure’s roof to control the blaze’s progress, and they tested new equipment, including an electric chainsaw, according to the commander of the fire. Grayson Hill PVFD incidents.

The house is owned by Bob Nevitt of Panora, and he and his family were on hand to watch the fire. Nevitt said the structure dates from the 1880s and was one of the first built in the area south of Perry.

By noon, the house was completely submerged, and a small crowd of onlookers gathered near 150th Street and J Avenue.