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Local fire agencies conduct neighborhood practice burn

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    North side of the house.

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    Owners Jim Melton, left, and Julie Wilcos, daughter Caley at right, friend Dave Ouzonian, watch the fire.

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    Mottled vapor over burning house indicates the harmful gases firefighters must deal with.

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    Hose crews take turns in defensive water application methods.

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    Intense flames through the former front window

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    Crews attempted knocking down chimney with forceful hose spray

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    Valuable instruction opportunity

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    First fire set up inside, gearing up for entry

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    Firefighters protected barn, located just a few feet away from the house, at owner's request and to practice defensive tactics

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    Chief Devon Wells gives a safety talk inside; the ceiling and upper floor are boarded off, and all training took place on ground floor

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    Chief Wells gives outside tour of the property

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