By: KDKA-TV News Staff

JEANNETTE (KDKA) – On Sunday, the old Jeannette Memorial Hospital went up in flames but it was just part of a training exercise.

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Firefighters from around Westmoreland County used old shipping pallets to set the fire and then went into the building to put them out.

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Department leaders said training like these gives crews experience in a controlled setting.

“We get some really good hands-on training, some high heat, some high-intensity training we don’t get unless it’s a real fire,” one firefighter on the scene said.

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Now, the building will be knocked down and cleared for development.