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Albany Firefighters test techniques while burning houses

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Albany Firefighters tried out a theory of Chief James Carswell's Wednesday morning while burning two condemned homes as part of a training exercise, and proved it was true.

They burned two of the duplexes in the 700 block of South McKinley Street, slated for demolition. On one side of the burning duplex, they shot water against the neighboring building to protect it. On the other side they had fans blow air between the buildings as well as the water And the fans blew the super hot air over the building, protecting it.

Inspector Sam Harris said "the air side got up to 88 degrees. The water curtain side got up to 877 degrees. It makes it less likely that it will damage the property adjacent to the fire."

Training firefighters used the blaze for more experience. Firefighters will burn the other two duplexes tomorrow. After the lot is cleared, Habitat for Humanity will build on that site.

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