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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Albany fire fighters spent the day testing new fire fighting practices in hopes of better protecting neighboring structures.

Using an abandoned building in the 500 block of Mulberry Avenue, fire fighters set a paper fire. Investigators in training then learned what to look for, and how to find the origin for a fire. They also studied the pattern that type of fire makes. The fire was set in the middle of the building also to test the best way to fight a fire to protect neighboring structures.

"If you live next door to me and my house catches on fire and what occurs is we're trying to protect your house and your cars the same way. Well if this helps us in the future and gives us enough data we'll continue to test these different methods," said Sam Harris, AFD Arson Investigator.

On half of the structure, fire fighters used fans to send the smoke and heat up over a neighboring home. They measured temperatures at the bottom, middle, and top of the structure. Firefighters say heat from a fire can burn and scorch siding from more than a 100 feet away.


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