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Albany firefighters test building materials

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –Albany Firefighters set a couple of walls on fire today to test the building material's flame resistance.

At their training center's burn facility firefighters built a couple of walls using new and old drywall, caulk, and new fire resistant insulation , then set them on fire.

Two new insulation products, fire bricks and fire wool, are supposed to expand under heat and keep fire from spreading.

Firefighters want to see if the new materials really work.  Albany Fire Department Investigator Sam Harris said  "So that firemen can use the results from the test to better determine whether or not a building is safe to enter or not."

Firefighters videotaped those materials burning and the aftermath.

They'll share that information with other South Georgia firefighters at a regional training meeting Wednesday.

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