Abandoned Homes Used for Live Fire Drills in Joliet

September 25, 2010

Well, here’s an interesting use for vacant homes: Set them on fire and practice putting them out.

That’s what the Joliet Fire Department did this week with two homes that have been vacant for almost three years.

One of the residences was set on fire 12 times while a larger home next door went up 23 times.

The real-life fire drills were run by the Illinois Fire Services Institute. The East Joliet and Troy fire departments also participated. The fires were set with hay and wooden pallets placed in barrels or on sheets of steel.

The homes, which were located on Route 53, are located on a property that will eventually become warehouses.

By the way, next week happens to be National Chimney Safety Week. Click Chicagoland Real Estate Forum to find out all about it.

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