Firefighters Battle Blaze and Frigid Temperatures

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As temperatures dropped to the coldest they've been in years Boone County firefighters worked against the wind-chill to battle an early morning house fire in Marengo. Rescue workers bundled up to avoid frostbite and took turns warming up in fire trucks.

Water had to be continuously pumped into a pool to keep it from freezing over. And while the equipment was holding up firefighters got a much-needed boost from the Salvation Army who delivered hot coffee. The fire started in the second level or attic of 2410 County Line Road around eight in the morning.

One resident was home at the time and was awakened by a smoke
alarm. He was rescued by a neighbor and was later taken to Harvard Hospital for minor smoke inhalation.

Firefighters say at least eight or nine stations were brought in to help work in shifts. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.