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Sioux City Fire Rescue Practices Dousing Night Blazes

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SIOUX CITY, IA -

It happens without warning in the middle of the night: your house goes up in flames.

But with a few tools, a very real fire and a lot of practice, Sioux City Firefighters are always ready to respond.

Sioux City Fire Rescue responds to the most fires at night, that's why around a dozen firefighters were practicing putting out blazes in the dark Thursday night, a time when a lack of light makes the situation more dangerous.

"You don't know what kind of hidden dangers there are," said Sioux City Fire Rescue Training Officer Gerry Bennett. "There could be downed power lines, there could be people around in the way."

Burning pallets and straw give flames and heat inside a special trailer, but even though the fire's a set–up the danger's real.

"We try to get the ceiling temperature between 500 to 600 degrees and the floor temperature right around 150 to 200 degrees to try to give it a sense of realism," said Bennett.

While one trailer houses the fire, another is used for rescue.

"We can hide a mannequin inside that trailer," said Bennett.

Thursday night's mission ended in a success.

The fire was put out, and the baby mannequin gets to go home safely.

Sioux City Fire Rescue is required to have several night drills every year.

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