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FDNY to burn down 20 vacant homes on Governors Island

July 2, 2012 8:57:44 AM PDT
Fire officials say house fires have changed, and the FDNY will burn down 20 vacant homes on Governors Island to evaluate new tactics.

The usual plan of attack is to get a man on the roof to open a hole and allow hot gases and smoke to escape.

But experts say modern furniture, with plastic filling, burns like gasoline.

The FDNY may change its techniques based on the results, and that could inspire changes in fire departments across the country.

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