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The San Marcos Fire Department has announced it will be conducting a handful of live fire training exercises between 8 a.m. this morning (April 22) and Wednesday, May 1 on the 200 block of Chinaberry Lane, situated north of SR-78 and west of N. Twin Oaks Valley Road.

Three residences at 210, 225, and 240 Chinaberry are slated for demolition in order to make way for the 84-unit ParkView Apartments mixed-use development. Prior to their razing, fire training instructors will set blazes mimicking various scenarios before groups from a pool of over 150 North County area firefighters are brought in to assess the situation and extinguish the fire.

“Live fire training in buildings such as these provide an opportunity for firefighters to experience the effect of fire on buildings,” said San Marcos Fire Chief Todd Newman in a city release. “They gain insight into fire behavior, the effectiveness of various fire attack techniques and the effect of fire on structural integrity.”

Fires will continue to be re-set for new rounds of training as long as the buildings remain safe for firefighters to ender. The city says that no streets are scheduled for closure, and that local residents and schools have already been notified about the training.

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