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Firefighters experiment with Christmas tree fires

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –The Albany Fire Department burned another condemned home slated for demolition, using it to experiment and train in arson investigation.

This time firefighters put a Christmas tree and some furniture in the living room of the dilapidated house in the 1000 block of Clark Avenue, and checked out different methods of setting it ablaze. Like candles and faulty wiring around the Christmas tree base, two of the top causes of fires during the holiday period.

Albany Fire Department Investigator Sam Harris said "With the wiring at that grade, whether or not it would arc. It did not arc, and that was one of the things we learned from this."

The candle of course quickly set the tree ablaze. Firefighters examined the evidence from the Christmas tree, so they could identify the fire source if they see it again. Then the firefighters burned the house to the ground,  giving firefighters the chance to observe the fire up close for training.

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