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Rural Litchfield house burns, used for fire training

LITCHFIELD — A rural Litchfield house that had been used for firefighter training and was scheduled to be burned in another training session next month was allowed to burn early this morning.

According to the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, deputies and the Litchfield police and fire departments were called around 1 a.m. to a structure fire at 62502 State Highway 24 in Litchfield Township.

The farm site was vacant and the house had been prepped and used earlier in the day by the fire department for training purposes. It is believed that one of the earlier training fires in the house had rekindled after the fire department and property owner had left.

Ryan Rathbun, 25, of Litchfield, is the property owner and gave the structure for the fire department training.

The house was allowed to burn down completely. The house had no monetary value and was scheduled to be burned on Aug. 4 during a controlled burn by the Litchfield Fire Department.