Camden Fire Department conducted a live fire training at the former Lotus Chinese Restaurant at 133 Elm St., Sunday, March 24.

According to Camden Fire Chief Chris Farley, the exercise went as expected.

Camden Fire Department drilled in the building throughout Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24, culminating in the full burn the evening of March 24.

Farley said firefighters ignited one corner of the building's upper story, and subsequently used water to control the blaze's progress.

The 7,192 square-foot building was purchased by Hannaford Brothers Co. in 2007 and has a replacement value of $335,300, for the building alone, according to Vision Appraisal, an online assessors database.

Camden Fire Department Safety Officer Jeff Weymouth said his crew built the initial part of the structure in 1972 and constructed an addition in 1984. Weymouth was on hand to discuss details of the construction with Camden firefighters after they completed a cursory exploration of the building Feb. 25.

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