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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Three people died in house fires in Albany in 2009, 21 Albany firefighters were injured battling blazes.

One person has already died in a house fire this year. Firefighters are working to reduce those numbers.  They trained in a real fire hoping to prevent future fires and injuries.

Albany Firefighters completed their work with this condemned property on Mulberry Avenue and burned it to the ground.

The Fire Department used the structure to make training videos on arson investigation and fire origins.

Firefighters gathered outside the windows and watched how the fire grew from a small flame to engulf the entire home.

They also video taped it and took data recordings for several experiments.

Albany Fire Department Investigator Sam Harris said  "Such as what color paints burn at what temperature. What kind of paints burn at what temperatures. When the house is flashing. What the temperature ranges as the fire is progressing."

Training Chief Rubin Jordan said  "Most of the time we get to the scene when the house is already started. This gives these firefighters an experience to see it from start up to finish."

Code enforcement will haul the debris to the landfill to clean up the blighted eyesore.

Several neighbors said they were glad to have that house gone.

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