A controlled house fire that the Steamboat Springs Fire Department planned for Wednesday evening was doused after neighbors expressed concern to the department.
Instead of using the residence at 819 Broad St. to simulate a house fire, firefighters used the residence for other training purposes Wednesday evening.
"We won't be doing anything that will cause alarm for the neighbors," said Jacqui Campbell, a department spokeswoman.
The Fire Department pulled the plug on the controlled burn after a number of residents called the department expressing uneasiness regarding the training, she said.
"We had quite a few concerns from neighbors," Campbell said. "We didn't want to make them uncomfortable, so we scaled back the training."
Firefighters used the home to practice searches and ventilation techniques instead.
Prior to scheduling to burn down the home for the benefit of training for the 28-member department, fire officials went out into the neighborhood.
"We talked to neighbors about what we were going to do," she said. "For residents we did not speak to, we left a door hanger on their doors."
Neighbors did not express concern about the training until Tuesday, and it forced the department to change its plans Wednesday.
The department will continue to use the property, which contains three homes, for training purposes.
The property was donated to the department.