Posted at: 02/02/2013 3:51 PM
Updated at: 02/02/2013 10:44 PM
By: JENNA LOHSE
After decades of holding events, the grandstand at Mower County Fairgrounds went up in flames today. Over 60 Fire fighters from different departments in Mower and Freeborn County assisted in the burn.
“It’s kind of neat to be able to see how this thing would react, how the fire reacts, so it is a learning tool,” said Terry Petersen, Austin Fire Department Commander.
The grandstand was deemed unsafe earlier this year because of rotting and deterioration. Renovating the structure was too costly, so burning it down became the solution.