A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

After training, ashes and a wisp of smoke

Written April 13th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Looking at 1024 Main St. S.E. on Saturday afternoon.

Well, that answers that. As you can see, the “live fire training” by Albany firefighters Saturday pretty much left only debris.

I had wondered whether the exercise at the dilapidated house would leave a burned-out ruin that would need to be demolished later.

By the time Saturday’s bike ride took me to the address just before 5 p.m., the only thing left was a pile of ashes and debris, a wisp of smoke, and a few flickering flames.

The now-vacant lot is one of two the Albany Boys and Girls Club owns just north of its big gymnasium.

The property is zoned medium density residential, which allows apartments among other residential uses.

In a story on April 10 on the impending fire department training, I said based on a map I had seen there was another house between this one and the Boys and Girls Club. There isn’t. It’s a parking lot instead. (hh)

This was what was left at the Main Street address on Saturday afternoon.


In the background, looking south, there’s the Albany Boys and Girls Club gym.


6 responses to “After training, ashes and a wisp of smoke”

  1. Bill Kapaun says:

    I wonder how far they plan to expand? I believe they also own the property that houses Family Tree Nursery.

  2. thomas earl cordier says:

    I was aware of the planned burn. We saw it when driving in town but did not know that’s what it was. I think FD should have employed sirens to let all know they were on it.

  3. Richard Vannice says:

    The debris still has to be cleaned up. Who is covering the cost of that?

    • Bill Kapaun says:

      Living in that neighborhood, one wonders if the asbestos was removed first? Rockwool insulation from that era can contain asbestos. That smoke was very “foul” and the stench remained in the neighborhood hours after.

  4. Joey B says:

    Added to Bill’s comment about asbestos, I was also wondering about it.

    I did home and apartment remodel work for about 4 years when I was younger down in California along with commercial construction. Going off memory the feds/EPA banned it in around the miid-70s.

    It was in a lot of building material and the general contractor usually had to hire a special contractor that specialized in removing asbestos and other toxic building material when remodeling an older house.

    To name a few items. They tested and removed if asbestos was found in pipe insulation, cement outside siding, popcorn ceiling, flooring, and block insulation behind the kitchen stove.

    Nasty stuff if it goes airborne, especially in confined spaces.


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