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This short clip show balloon frame construction from the inside. With Engine House Training, LLC this summer, we had the opportunity to hold a class in this building. It was going to be torn down and the interior wall coverings in most of the house had been removed. That exposed the balloon frame construction characteristics that we so often speak of but seldom have the chance to see.

Use this however you like and share it.  Hopefully, this will help someone to better understand the meaning of balloon frame buildings and to ensure proper tactics are used with these structures.

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Comment by Kelly Wingert on November 19, 2011 at 4:15pm

Good job, trying to explain balloon frame is tough without having pictures or video to show. Thanks for posting.

I think the trick to dealing with balloon frame is not to be the moth drawn to the flame. You really have to size up the structure and find the seat of the fire. Balloon frames tell you lies. Smoke from the attic could easily be fire in the basement.

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