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Barn Fire Tactics and Strategies, Part 1: Agricultural Barns

By Chris Willis Most firefighters would think barns hold nothing but farm equipment and livestock; however, sometimes people live inside these structures, and in some cases they may contain crime scenes such as in clandestine drugs labs. In today's world, we can't go about thinking that these same structures are still the same as they traditionally were: a building that houses beef cows. In reality, they may have a second-floor loft with a full living area or a basement with a meth lab. (1-4) There are many different types of barns firefighters may encounter in rural areas. There are many styles of barns out there. This article deals with agricultural barns; the subsequent article will...

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