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Intentionally set house fire yields a lot of learning for Newport Firefighters

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Newport firefighters lit off another one of those houses that the owner doesn’t mind watching burn to the ground. An old, rundown house at 802 NW Brook Street was one of those houses Wednesday evening. Wednesday night is typically ‘training night’ for Newport firefighters and so they gathered for the rare privilege of starting a fire rather than putting one out.

The firefighters spend a lot of time setting up and ensuring that burning the house down doesn’t spread to adjacent properities. The house at 802 SW Brook was back in a bowl, surrounded by trees, posing unique challenges. But Chief Phil Paige and his firefighters kept the wet stuff on the red stuff and also on the trees.

You’ll see the fire training cycle from laying out the hose lines, igniting a fire (or fires) inside the home, going in and putting it out. Then repeating the same pattern until the house is not longer safe to train in. When they get to that point they just let it burn to the ground.

Assistant Chief Rob Murphy said they have another “permission to burn” training exercise coming up a little later in the year.

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