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Firefighters to torch home during training

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If you see a house on fire on U.S. 31 in Franklin next week, don’t worry, firefighters already will be there.

The Franklin Fire Department is hosting a training exercise and will burn down a home at 3601 N. Morton St., which is across the highway from Turning Point Church on the city’s north side. Firefighters from Franklin and other nearby departments will train from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday and will burn down the home at the end of the exercise.

During the training, firefighters will light small fires in the house to practice entering a burning home, evaluating how a fire is burning and dispersing smoke. They also will practice bringing in fire hoses and equipment and extinguishing fires, Franklin Fire Department spokesman Brad Epperson said.

Property owner Dean Nikou planned to demolish the vacant home and offered it to the fire department for training. After the building is burned down, the remains will be removed from the lot.

U.S. 31 will not be blocked or restricted during the training exercise, although some smoke may drift across the road depending on wind direction and speed, Epperson said.

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