Created: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 03:40:00 CST
Updated: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:28:56 CST
On Saturday, a Habitat for Humanity site went up in flames-- but it was all to pave way for the next two homes.
"It's become like a family. Everybody is supporting everybody and supporting the community and you get so much negativity in the news and just in conversation, that nobody is there for anybody. We but we are. We're all still here for each other," said April Mora, one of the home recipients.
Saturday morning the Grand Island Fire Department was there for Grand Island's Habitat for Humanity.
Every year the Fire Department helps Habitat save precious dollars by burning down worn out houses on the land where new homes will be built.
But the burns aren't just benefiting Habitat and the new home owners. They're also making a difference for the whole community.
"We had a couple new guys on the department that hadn't been in live fire training yet. They've drilled and trained according to the books but haven't felt the real experience of a fire so today we were able to do some practice burns inside a house," said Ed Carlin, Grand Island Fire Department Shift Commander.
Construction on the season's first home is set to begin March 15th.
Habitat for Humanity is still looking for volunteers ready to pick up a hammer and get to work. For more information, you can visit' Habitat for Humanity's website.