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Toxic Fire, Coming up on 27 News at 10

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MADISON (WKOW) --- It's no secret that fighting fires is a dangerous job, but you might be surprised at how dangerous it really is. Cancer is arguably one the scariest words a person can hear and now more than ever an increasing number of firefighters are being diagnosed with the disease.

Researchers say the increasing amount of synthetic petroleum-based products in our homes is the main reason for the increase. When these products are burned they release a toxic gas filled with thousands of chemicals. Firefighters breathe them in during fire calls and years later run into problems.

Firefighters are also concerned because buildings are now burning faster and hotter than ever and according to recent studies are also collapsing in less time.

Tonight on 27 News at 10,  Gordon Severson takes us inside a controlled smoke training with the Madison Fire Department and explains what they're doing to keep their firefighters safe. He'll also show us what researchers are doing to protect firefighters nationwide.

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