Thomasville Fire Training

At first glance it appears to be a routine call for the Thomasville Fire Department, but small flames quickly grow into an enormous blaze, the heat getting so intense that firefighters are called out of the burning home for their own safety.

The homeowner sits nearby and watches her 200-year-old house go up in smoke.

Gwen King Williams, daughter of the homeowner, said, "Several family members have stayed in the house, we've rented it out. But over the years we used it for a storage house."

Williams seems a bit calm about the old house burning to the ground. That's because her family ordered the blaze.

Chief Bryan Croft with the Thomasville Fire Department said, "If we can get some good training in it, then everybody wins. Their property is demolished and they can start over and we get good training, which helps us serve the community better."

As the fire continues to burn, firefighters keep a close eye on it, making sure it doesn't get out of control. The fire is great training for them, but it also helps out the homeowner.

Williams added, "People continue to vandalize it and take things we have in storage, so we're just going to go ahead and have the house destroyed and use the land for other purposes."

Destroying the home turned out to be a win-win situation for everyone.

The homeowner paid $300 to have the house burned down by the Fire Department, a price they say was much cheaper then hiring a demolition team.