-11 Temps Induce Injury Of Three Colorado Firefighters

Three firefighters were injured Wednesday morning while fighting a blaze at a business in Greeley -- a fire that was difficult to fight because of the outdoor temperature of minus 11 degrees.

The fire broke out at Ernie's Auto Upholstery at about 7:30 a.m., a spokesman with the Union Colony Fire Rescue Authority said.

When five companies of Union Colony Fire Rescue, a battalion chief, six command staff and three support personnel responded to a fire at 912 North 11th Avenue, they found heavy smoke pouring out of the building.

Because employees of the business had not yet arrived, fire crews forced entry into the building and encountered lots of flames.

During firefighting operations, three firefighters came into contact with objects that had been energized by fallen electrical wires and were victims of electrical shock.

The three were transported to North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, where all three were treated and released. No other injuries were reported.

Damage to the building and contents is estimated at $100,000 and the cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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