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Old Costco being used for fire training before demolition

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UNION GAP, Wash.-- If you thought the old Costco building in Union Gap was on fire Sunday, you were right. But it's because crews from around the valley set it on fire to train.

Today firefighters from Union Gap, the Yakima Training Center, and the Yakima Fire Department took part in training exercises.

They used the overhead sprinkler system in the building to gain a better understanding of how sprinklers affect a fire, and how to better fight it.

They say training together helps them work better during mutual aid situations.

"Through out mutual aid agreement we often work together on large fires. We use the same type of methods to combat the fire and working together and training together helps us make sure that we're on the same page when we show up when a call comes in," said Lt. Jason Ray of the Yakima Fire Dept.

Lieutenant Ray says the sprinkler system changes how crews ventilate an area, and fight the fire, so being able to get into a building like this and seeing how it works is priceless.