As of Friday, April 27, 2012
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ALBANY Firefighters are usually more accustomed to putting out blazes rather than lighting them, but Friday things were a little different.
Photos from the AFD-sanctioned burning of two homes on 200 block of 6th Avenue.
When Albany Fire Department Training Chief Rubin Jordan lit a home at 208 6th Avenue ablaze, it was to allow firefighters to examine burn patterns and fire movement so that one day, when they're out in the field as future arson investigators, they'll know when a fire started accidentally and when it was set.
Friday's exercises had a duel purpose, Jordan said. Not only did they serve a teaching tool, but they also served as a way to carry out court-sanctioned demolition of the two houses that were deemed blighted and a threat to the public safety and welfare.
City officials have been taking derelict property owners to court over their blighted properties. Hundreds face potential demolition at the hands of the city if the property owners don't repair or demolish the houses themselves.