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Albany condemned buildings burned

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Albany Firefighters tested new equipment and trained young firefighters while burning condemned buildings Friday.

They torched two duplexes in the 700 block of South McKinley as part of a court ordered demolition of condemned buildings.

Before burning the structures to the ground, firefighters set fires inside the attics, and put them out with piercing nozzles. They ram the nozzle through the ceiling or wall in fiery attics, where firefighters can't go.

Training Chief Rubin Jordan said "We used about 280 gallons of water, as opposed to using a regular nozzle. We would have used anywhere from 600 gallons or more. So with this piercing nozzle we use less water and less time to put out the fire."

Firefighters say the two duplexes have been centers for drugs and prostitution in that neighborhood. Now that they are gone, Habitat for Humanity will build homes there.

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