TIGARD, Ore. -- Hundreds of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue firefighters were participating in a training burn on Bull Mountain Friday morning.

The firefighters were training by burning an actual house to the ground. According to TVFR, a developer bought a group of homes on a ridge in the area and was allowing the firefighters to use them in their training.

The six houses sit on about 20 acres on Bull Mountain. Jeff Smith of JT Smith Builders plans to build homes on the location. He says the old homes had to be removed anyway so he thought it was win-win to partner with the fire agency on training.

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Some neighbors told KGW they were glad the firefighters had the training opportunity but were sad to see the old homes go.

We've live here seven years - you see these homes with acres, so pretty - being replaced with homes with tiny lots no yards, we have kids so we want property for our kids to run around and privacy, you know. And that's kind of going away to make money, said Donna Curry.

TVFR said they planned to do another training burn on one of the homes on Sunday morning and again on Tuesday morning.

The burn training was expected to be completed by noon.

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