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A chili bath for charity

Uniforms got messy for charity Saturday when Burbank Fire Department

firefighters yanked their counterparts at Warner Bros. Fire into a

large vat of chili during a tug-of-war match in the Wienerschnitzel

parking lot, at 1101 N. San Fernando Blvd. Burbank Fire Capt. Ron


Bell said about 40 onlookers cheered the teams as Warner Bros. Fire

got off to an early lead of about two feet, but then lost it when

Burbank Fire rallied to overpower them. The hot-dog chain gave the

winning department a check for $1,000 to be donated to its charity of


choice -- the Burbank Center for the Retarded. After the match,

Burbank Firefighter Kurt Bohney was drenched by his co-workers

because he was working his last shift before transferring to the Los

Angeles County Fire Department. Afterward, Burbank Fire Engine 11

hosed off all the soiled players, and the restaurant gave everyone in

attendance a free chili-cheese dog. The event celebrated National

Fire Prevention Month and National Chili Month.