An abandoned house on West 13th Street was the site of a fire department demonstration Saturday morning.
Envisioning a cool summer night about 10 p.m., the demonstration stated that crews were called to a working structure fire at Reid Avenue and 13th Street. Firefighters were met on the scene by a young man who said his baby was asleep upstairs when the fire broke out in the kitchen at the back of the house. His wife ran to get the baby, but the man hasn't seen her in awhile and she didn't respond when he called out to her.
Crews played the scenario twice, once with 14 firefighters and again with 16 to demonstrate to the local officials how much of a difference two crew members can make.
The demonstration comes about two months after Lorain Professional Firefighters Local 267 posted an open letter on its Facebook page highlighting the union's safety concerns at current staffing levels.