Century-old house used in fire training

The fire at the former Gallant house on Glass Factory Road in Lyndeborough was started in the barn cellar using a pile of old pallets during training exercises on Sunday.

LYNDEBOROUGH – The Fire Department burned the former Gallant house located on Glass Factory Road during a training exercise on Sunday.

Firefighters were joined by units from Brookline, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville and Wilton. Fire Chief Brian Smith was in charge of the operation.

The house has been used by the Fire Department for training for several months, and was used for more exercises on Sunday morning prior to the final burning.

Some exercises were cut because of a lack of water at the site.

The fire was started in the cellar of the attached barn using a pile of old pallets. The fire quickly spread through the story-and-a-half house. It was contained to the site by several companies, including a ladder truck from Greenville.

The house, which dates to before 1890, has been empty for a while and was in poor condition. It was purchased by abutters John and Ellen Pomer, who will build a barn on the site.