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Volunteer firefighters carrying out a drill on Friday in a south-western French town involuntarily ignited a real fire that injured one person and badly damaged a warehouse, a spokesperson for the local fire brigade said.
Some 50 firefighters fought for two hours to extinguish the blaze, which broke out when two mattresses used in an exercise caught fire.
The exercise, which took place in the town of Maine-de-Boxie, was the final drill of a week-long programme for ten regional volunteer firemen.
One of them was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and what was described as a "psychological trauma" because of the violence of the fire.
The warehouse in which the drill took place was nearly totally destroyed. It had recently been completely renovated. - Sapa-DPA