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Wausau firefighters train for the real thing

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Wausau first responders got some hands-on training when they sparked a few fires on purpose.

Fire fighters set and put out several fires at a Wausau home. It's a training exercise for their team of eighteen and some investigators. They're taping the exercise to teach more fire fighters in the future.

"You only get so many fires to investigate," said Paul Czarapata, who works with the Wausau Fire Department. "You can't always recreate what occurred. In this instance, we're going to know how the fire started. We'll be able to test the investigators."

Fire fighters closed down 8th Avenue near Thomas Street and warned the neighbors beforehand. They will continue their training on Saturday, when they plan to burn the home to the ground around noon.

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