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Jacksonville Fire Department burns house down for practice

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -

Firefighters are known for putting out fires, but this time they started one.

The Jacksonville Fire Department lit up a house on Newberry Street Thursday morning to practice putting it out.

Smoke billowed from the house as they set fire to several rooms using straw, wood, and other materials.

The house is slated for demolition and no one was living there at the time.

A total of 23 firefighters used the burning home to practice their fire attack skills.

The exercise is also a test for one firefighter in particular who is qualifying to become a live burn instructor.

"It's a very rare circumstance, a very rare opportunity for us to be able to do this, and we're very grateful for the opportunity," said Spencer Lee, Jacksonville Deputy Fire Chief.

Lee says the city bought the house under the "Clean and Green" initiative, then donated it to the fire department for fire services training.

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