Volunteers from the Robbins Fire Department recently burned down a longstanding eyesore as part of a training exercise.

The vacant property was set on fire after its owner repeatedly failed to comply with the town’s Code of Ordinances. The town’s Board of Commissioners eventually “directed the offending property to be repaired or demolished,” according to a news release. 

“This is a prime example of turning a negative into a positive,” said David Lambert, Robbins Town Manager. “[It’s] something that we are doing throughout Robbins.” 

Surrounding fire departments were invited to practice on the controlled blaze. The firefighters completed 16 different training exercises before the structure burned down. 

If residents suspect a property is in violation of the town’s Code of Ordinances, they can file an e-complaint with Brandon Emory, the town’s code enforcement officer, by visiting alliancecodeenforcement.com.

The following photographs were taken by Eden Holt: 

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