Firefighters Tough Out Cold Temps

Reported by: Paris Lewbel
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Updated: 1/07 2:25 pm
Just after midnight on Tuesday, Lexington firefighters were called to a house fire on the 200 block of Swigert Drive. That's just as temperatures were taking a big plunge.

Fire officials say first arriving crews found the heavy flames shooting from the home and started to quickly fight the fire from the inside the house        

"The fire had a pretty good start. It was already in the roof area of the structure," says Lexington Fire Battalion Chief Brian Wainscott. "That being said, after a big effort of firefighting, it was way too far ahead of us."

But as firefighters battled the heavy fire, they also had to battle arctic temperatures reaching, with wind chill, to -24 degrees.

Our main issue right now is keeping firefighters safe," Wainscott says. "Every bit of water we put on it is turning to ice, as you can imagine. It's really important we're rehabbing our folks."

Fire officials called for a mobile heating trailer to respond to the scene. but they say because of frigid temperatures this fire fight will be an all-night effort.

"What we really try to do is rehab them, check their vitals and make sure they're in good shape," says Wainscott. "[We then] thaw them out just a little bit, bring another truck in and rotate them out. We're doing the best we can in the sub zero weather, and we're fairing pretty well."
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