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Modern Homes Burning as Much as Eight Times Faster


NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - Firefighters say modern homes are burning faster than ever. This video shows a room filled with modern synthetic furniture and one with natural materials like hardwood and cotton. The fire in the naturally furnished room stays small ...


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