Thursday, July 30, 2009

Burn building

Just now, on our almost-always-worthless local news, I just came across an intriguing new concept--the burn building. This was new to me, and fairly new to most of you, too, as it does not even have a Wikipedia entry, so there you go. This thing is managed by a fire department or fire academy and is constructed solely to be lit on fire for training in fire fighting and evacuation. Some of these buildings use actual burning wood or hay, while other have gas-jet systems. They have their own particular architecture (many have towers, for example). Some are steel, others stone; some are even portable.

So, a correct use of the term burn building: "The firefighters trained all day in the burn building."

And an incorrect use of the term: "After church, we'll all meet out at the burn building."

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