Saturday, Mar 8, 2014
Firefighters Battle Freezing Temps and Flames
MARION -- Most people try to stay inside to avoid the frigid temperatures but fire crews have no choice but to brave the elements.
Marion firefighters have dealt with several fires ever since Sunday's snow storm blew through.
"Colder weather is harder to deal with than the warm weather," said Marion Fire Chief Jack Reed. "We have to worry about hypothermia. We have to worry about dehydration."
Marion fire fighters spent most of Sunday night and early Monday morning battling two fires on South Carbon and Liberty Streets. A normal night, except for the below zero temperatures.
"The wind chills were something that this area of the country haven't experienced in 20 or 30 years," explained Reed. "That's a career for a fire fighter, so some of these younger fire fighters may never see those conditions again."
When fire fighters are forced to work in sub-zero conditions, anything can happen.
"The water came off the roof," said Reed. "As it froze, the wind was so stiff, the icicles were at a 45 degree angle."
Old heaters and overworked electrical outlets are usually to blame for sparking house fires this time of year.
"You don't want to overload any extension chords by using auxiliary heat," explained Reed.
One person was injured at the apartment fire on South Carbon Street. No one was hurt at the home on Liberty Street.
Wind: 9 MPH
Humidity: 71 %