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Spartanburg houses deliberately burned for experiment

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Smoke fills the air around one of the test sites in Spartanburg. (Jan. 22, 2013/FOX Carolina) Smoke fills the air around one of the test sites in Spartanburg. (Jan. 22, 2013/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Eight houses in seven days will be deliberately set ablaze in Spartanburg to help firefighters improve their ability to battle blazes.

A grant paid for the weeklong experiment aimed at training and learning better safety procedures for emergency workers. The Fire Division of the Spartanburg Public Safety Department joined with state and international agencies to research how things react to flames and the best way to fight fires.

"The research we're conducting here has the potential to change how firefighters, not only in South Carolina, but in the nation, begin their initial tactics in fighting the fires," said Spartanburg Fire Chief Marion Blackwell.

SLIDESHOW: Fire experiment conducted in Spartanburg

Twenty-seven firefighters were part of Monday's burn, which was concentrating on how furniture catches on fire.

Blackwell said each lot will be cleared after the homes are burned as part of a redevelopment plan for the north side of Spartanburg.

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