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Posted on: May 3, 2016

Burn demonstration rescheduled for Thursday

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The Springfield Fire Department will show the dangers of hoarding during a live burn demonstration Thursday, May 5, 2016. The side-by-side burn was postponed Wednesday due to high winds.

It will be the first of its kind and will show the impact hoarding and excessive clutter can have on both the occupants and first responders during a real fire.

"We know that hoarding causes more fire hazards and can make rescues more difficult," said Assistant Chief of Prevention Randy Villines. "This demonstration will also show how quickly fires can spread in homes that have excessive clutter compared to others."

The live burn demonstration will take place at 2 p.m. at Fire Station #5, located at 2750 W. Kearney. Media are welcome to attend.

This burn demonstration is made possible with the help of the Springfield Fire Department, Springfield Department of Environmental Services and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks' Safe and Sanitary Home Collaborative.

If you or someone you know may have a problem with hoarding or excessive clutter, visit for more information.

Please note: if sustained wind speeds reach 15 miles per hour or greater Thursday afternoon, this burn may once again need to be postponed. Follow us on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information at @SGF_fire

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For more information, contact Cara Erwin at 417-864-1699 or [email protected]

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