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Billings House Burnt Down For Training

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A building in West Billings burnt down Wednesday, but all is well, since it's just a part of a fire training exercise.

The house on 64th Street West was set for demolition, but its owner decided to donate the house to the Billings Fire Department, so that its firefighters could receive some training.

Fire officials at the training Wednesday said the training is about as real as it gets.

"The temperature outside pre-heats the material we're burning. The humidity that's in the air has a factor on how fast things burn, so we're looking for the house to go down pretty quick today," said Matt Hoppel, Training Officer for Billings Fire.

Hoppel said Billings Fire does not have a live burn facility to train its firefighters, so opportunities like the recent training exercise are valuable to the city's firefighters.