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Firefighters learn about building materials

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dozens of firefighters and investigators from across South Georgia learned about new building materials and their flammability Wednesday.

Tuesday Albany firefighters burned various kinds of drywall, wall boards and new insulation material to test their reliability.

Firefighters say that kind of information can help them fight fires and investigate what caused them.

Americus Fire Department Captain Zane Newman said  "You got to know if the walls were built right. It helps you determine whether or not an accelerant was used."

Firefighters say they can also use this information on building techniques and materials in their inspections of buildings and homes to try to make buildings safer.

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