Frankfort resident buys old home to burn down for revitalization

A Frankfort home is being destroyed by fire, but it's not an accident, or a crime. The home is coming down for a good cause, and neighbors say whatever rises from the ashes will be an improvement.

Posted: May 20, 2019 6:22 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI)—For the last four days’ residents living on E Morrison St in Frankfort have noticed a house set on fire repeatedly by the Frankfort Fire Department.

“The property was available,” said Neighbor Tony Miller. “We knew the lady that had lived there.”

Tony Miller lives next door. He purchased the property after the woman living there left.

“We were able to, now that they’re out, we purchased it now we’re able to remove the home and make this a little more beautiful for this part of town anyway,” said Miller

Miller’s next step was to get rid of the home, but in an interesting and beneficial way. He contacted Frankfort Fire Department offering the home up as a training site.

“We know that they like to do training,” said Miller. “But we weren’t sure how they did their training so I approached Chief Kirby, asked him about it and he was all up for it.”

Chief Kirby says this is very beneficial and timely considering they just hired a new team member.

“To be able to come into a building and actually do some live burns in some live scenarios it just gives our guys a better feel,” said Kirby.

Weather permitting, the firefighters have been practicing on what Frankfort has the most. Old homes.

The house that was purchased was built in 1912. Which means it’s been sitting in that area for decades. Tony Miller next door purchased this property because he wanted to revitalize the neighborhood and right now we’re getting ready to get a firsthand look at what the Frankfort Fire Department is doing with this home before they burn it down on Friday. 

“This is different,” said Miller. “This is a house they’ve never been in before and it gives them an opportunity to see something different. Just being able to make Frankfort a little more beautiful on this end is the end goal.”

Tony plans to plant grass and flowers in that space once the house is burned down and the area is clean.

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