01-10-1999, 01:16 PM #1dbffFirehouse.com Guest
Firefighters battle cold as well as blaze
Danville IL; Firefighters were hampered by sub-zero temperatures as they battled a fire in a 2 1/2 story house last night. (1/9/99) Upon arrival the firsst engine had smoke showing from the roof area of the vacant structure. The second engine had to dig out a hydrant before they could lay a supply line. The fire gained control of the attic but aggressive firefighting controlled the fire before the fire broke through the roof. Three of the city's four engines, the truck company, mobile command, and special service truck were utilized at the fire which took about 3 hours to control. Problems with the cold temperatures included; digging out a hydrant, a hose line freezing at the nozzle, and trudging over the large amounts of snow piled at street level from the recent snow falls the city has seen.
01-13-1999, 05:16 PM #2Rick DecorieFirehouse.com Guest
This was the third suspicious fire of a vacant structure in as many weeks.
The fire's cause is under investigation, as are two other recent fires at vacant or unoccupied structures.
On December 29, a suspicious fire gutted a vacant house. On December 23, a suspicious fire caused damage to an unoccupied church.
01-21-1999, 09:47 AM #3Pat NadeauFirehouse.com Guest
I know what you mean about fighting the cold. We had a lumber company go up in flames this weekend. We sent four firefighters to the hospital with frostbite and froze several pieces of apparattus. Also we froze close to 1000 feet of five inch hose.
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