It wasn't a real fire but, for Lufkin firefighters, Wednesday's training was as close to the real thing as you can get.
Captain Mark Sitka said, "These are wonderful training tools for the fire department because they give us a chance to actually run men through fairly live scenarios with equipment, with water, with manpower, to retest our skills and to train."
Firefighters made a few mistakes Wednesday, but they know it's better to make those mistakes now than when you're trying to save someone's life.
EMS Chief Ted Lovett said, "We had four men on the roof at one time with very little stabilization. If they're gonna be on a roof, they need to be on something besides the roof itself in case the roof collapses."
The life-like training isn't just for rookie firefighters. It also keeps veterans that've been in the business for years on their toes and prepared for anything.
Lt. Gary Hill said, "Firefighters change continuously, [they] never can get too comfortable; that's when you'll end up getting hurt."
And staying prepared under pressure is what firefighting is all about.
Lufkin firefighters said they'd like to train more often, but it's not easy getting buildings donated to the department.