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UNE hosts simulated fire drill

BIDDEFORD (WGME) -- Thick smoke filled the hallways at a University of New England dorm, but it was only a drill.

For a second year, the Biddeford campus created what it calls a "smokehouse" in one of its residence halls.

A simulated fire produced real-life visual and smoky effects that train the staff and students how to respond in a real emergency.

"They're going to have to crawl through the smoke, they're going to have to go around some obstacles, practice knocking on doors as they go on their way out, practice pulling fire alarm. So they're going to have zero visibility inside," Deputy Chief Scott Gagne explained.

Students also had the change to get up close and personal with fire equipment.  Some students even got to try on firefighter's gear.