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BSU Alumni Building goes up in flames … on purpose

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BSU Alumni Building goes up in flames … on purpose

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Aug 18, 2014 - UPDATED: Aug 18, 2014

The former Boise State University Alumni and Friends Center was set ablaze Monday afternoon, as part of a Boise Fire Department training exercise.

BSU is scheduled to break ground in September on the new Alumni and Friends Center at 1173 University Drive. So, to help demolish the existing structure, Boise Fire crews used it an a training opportunity.

"Live fire training isn't optional; it's an essential exercise for our firefighters to hone their skills for structure fire related incidents," said Boise Fire Department Chief Dennis Doan. "Our current burn tower doesn't meet our training requirements so we are relying on donated buildings at this time for our live fire training. Boise State University has graciously donated their alumni building which enabled us to implement training for a portion of the team."

The training exercise began early in the day with a logistics briefing; the major burn down of the building starting about 3 p.m.

Grant Avenue between University and Belmont Street was shut down to accommodate the crews.