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Kentucky firefighters prepare for arson investigation training

Kentucky State Fire School arson training

Kentucky State Fire School uses a house on Transcript Avenue to train future arson investigators. Multiple fires were started inside the home for students to investigate later in the week.
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Kentucky State Fire School uses a house on Transcript Avenue to train future arson investigators. Multiple fires were started inside the home for students to investigate later in the week.

Firefighters from around Kentucky have come to Lexington for the 87th annual Kentucky State Fire School.

Instructors began preparation Tuesday morning for an arson training course being offered to firefighters from departments state-wide. They set multiple controlled fires in a building on Transcript Avenue. Some fires were meant to look like they were intentionally set, while others were made to look accidental.

Firefighters will go through the building Wednesday to investigate the locations of four fires, preparing to defend why they think each was arson or accidental, said James Kanavy, assistant chief of the Scott County Fire Department and chapter president of the International Association of Arson Investigators.

Fire school classes will continue through Sunday afternoon, with classes on everything from farm accidents and aircraft firefighting to confined-space rescues and diving.

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