Historical elevator used for fire training 08 Dec 11

Photo courtesy of Le Center Leader

One of the oldest and tallest structures in Cleveland was burned to the ground this weekend in a training exercise for area firefighters.

The Cleveland elevator was used for a training session to teach water management and communication skills. The Cleveland Fire Department hosted the training with a dozen other fire departments from around the area, including Le Center, Le Sueur, Montgomery and Shakopee.

The elevator was constructed in 1915 to replace a previous elevator that burned after being struck by lightning. The current structure last operated three years ago, and storage bins will likely be built on its spot.