Paris Firemen believe that the only way to test new types of fire-fighting equipment is on a genuine, blazing building.
T.G.V. The site that is to be burned down.
L.V. Firemen throwing wood into houses.
Shot through window.... Firemen throwing wood into houses.
S.V.Pan Man carrying box of wood for fire.
L.V. Two men carrying planks of wood into house.
S.V. Piling wood for fire.
L.V. Soldiers in street.
S.V. Firemen standing by.
Top V. Two firemen throwing lighted torches into building to start fire.
T.S.V. Flames coming through roof.
L.V. Flames and smoke pouring out of building.
L.V. Firemen standing by.
L.V. Smoke pouring from top window.
G.V. Crowd and police looking on.
G.V. Top of building on fire.
S.V.Pan From fire hoses to firemen.
L.V. Firemen on roof near flames.
S.V. Flames pouring through window.
G.V. Firemen spraying nearby building, flames pouring from burning building.
G.V. Firemen in foreground watching burning building.
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Background: Paris Firemen believe that the only way to test new types of fire-fighting equipment is on a genuine, blazing building. So today, with the co-operation of the city authorities, they purposely set fire to 23 condemned buildings and set to work with their new control methods - including new-type chemical extinguishers - to put them out again. Apart from providing first class practice for the firemen, the scheme is also clearing the site for the development of a new block of modern buildings.