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Burning down the house: Fire crews fight flames for training exercise

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Fire crews worked together to put out flames at a home on Ocean Drive that was built in 1972. Fire crews worked together to put out flames at a home on Ocean Drive that was built in 1972.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Firefighters in Oak Island put their skills to the test Wednesday during a Live Fire Training Exercise.

Fire crews worked together to put out flames at a home on Ocean Drive that was built in 1972. The house is 720 square feet and is in such poor condition that renovation was not feasible.

According to a press release, the NC Division of Air Quality and NC Division of Health Hazards inspected the home prior to the training exercise and gave approval for demolition.

The Oak Island Fire Department made efforts to minimize the amount of smoke in the area, but with all live fires, some will drift for several blocks. Anyone driving in the area during the exercise is urged to use caution.

The Oak Island Police Department has developed a traffic diversion plan which will affect the portions of Barbee Blvd, Sherrill Street, Live Oak Drive and Ocean Drive that are close to the training site.

Live Fire Training Evolutions are an important part of a firefighter's training. So far, the department has already conducted structural collapse and shoring training, ladder training, search and rescue training, and firefighter survival training at this site alone.

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