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La Crosse Fire Department uses old motel for live fire training

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:16:58 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 18 2013 08:01:53 AM CST
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

The old Guest House Motel near downtown La Crosse was set on fire Thursday.

The La Crosse Fire Department is doing live fire training in the old motel. The building was recently purchased by Dahl Ford who is letting the fire department train there before it's torn down.

The department is learning how to handle fires and search and rescue in an apartment-style building.

They say it's a rare opportunity that they couldn't pass up. "We have a lot of new hires and a lot of young lieutenants and to be able to get that kind of training in a building like this that everybody can go through is invaluable," said Lt. Tom Griffith.

This was the second of six days of training that will run through the end of the month.

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