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Update: 6:01 pm URBANA -- Starting next week, firefighters will light a condemned apartment complex on fire and put their techniques to the test.
Update: 6:01 pm
URBANA -- Starting next week, firefighters will light a condemned apartment complex on fire and put their techniques to the test. It's happening at the Town Homes Complex on Lierman Avenue between Hunter and Washington.

Training is something firefighters do a lot of, but it's never in a real building and it's usually controlled. Next week, crews from Urbana and Champaign will battle a live fire to practice fire behavior, ventilation, extinguishing and communication between departments.

In addition to training, it will also help the city. Training starts Tuesday. People are invited to come watch. Crews put up barriers to make sure everyone stays safe.

Certain roads will be blocked during the training. Afterwards, the rest of the building will be burned down. They hope to have it gone by December.
Original: 5:30 am
URBANA -- Firefighters will use town homes for training and it may affect your commute. The department will set the Urbana Town Homes Complex on fire several times for live training.

The town homes have already been ordered to be demolished and the department says this will provide valuable experience in working fires on multiple units. The training takes place next week from Tuesday to Thursday. Lierman Avenue will be closed daily between Hunter and Washington.
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