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Albany firefighters burn house for training

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany firefighters burn a condemned house slated for demolition.

Firefighters used the fire to train new hires and make life saving public service announcements.

The house in the 500 block of South Jefferson was being used for drug activity and by vagrants.

Firefighters set small fires inside the bedrooms and let rookie firefighters put them out to get live fire experience.

They also videotaped the flames to educate people about dangerous burglar bar systems that block windows.

Fire Inspector Tom Wilson said "That could be your secondary means of escape in case your home catches on fire. If you put the type on the outside that can only be opened from the outside, that's not good if you are trapped inside by a fire."

The firefighters also used the flames to show the proper way to escape a fire.

At night, don't stand up getting out of bed.  The heat and smoke there can overcome you in a second.

Firefighters say you have to roll out of bed on the floor where there's enough air to allow you to crawl and escape.

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