ORANGE PARK, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters have burned down a northeast Florida home where 7-year-old Somer Thompson was killed in 2009.
The Orange Park Fire Department and other agencies destroyed the home Thursday in a training exercise as the girl's mother looked on.
Somer Thompson was killed after being lured inside the home and sexually assaulted by Jarred Harrell, who has since pleaded guilty to murder, kidnapping, sexual battery and other charges and was sentenced to life in prison. His guilty pleas spared him from a possible death sentence.
Police say Harrell dumped Thompson's body in a trash bin. Her remains were found days after her slaying in a Georgia landfill.
Fire crews and other first responders used the burning house in a live training exercise after it was procured by the Somer Thompson Foundation.
Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com