Frozen Hydrants Create Problems for Fire Fighters

UPDATE: MACHESNEY PARK (WIFR) -- Extra crews were called in to help with a chimney fire in Machesney Park. Some of the hydrants had frozen over.

Freezing temperatures and frozen hydrants made it tough for the firefighters battling the fire that totaled $30,000.

The fire happened just before 4:00 this afternoon. When fire crews were dispatched to the scene, they found that the nearest hydrant wasn’t working. Sub-zero temperatures over the last 24 hours have left many fire hydrants around the area completely frozen, unusable, and requiring additional support to be called in.

Fortunately, plenty of water was able to be brought in and the fire was extinguished in just 20 minutes. Along with the frigid air, firefighters also had to contend with slippery conditions from all of the water. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation.


MACHESNEY PARK (WIFR) -- Firefighters are on the scene of a 2-alarm house fire in Machesney Park. The fire broke out a little before 4:00 this afternoon in the 600 block of Poppy Court. The Harlem Roscoe-Fire department has called for help from other departments. They say the hydrant by the home has frozen, because it's so cold outside. An update will be provided as we receive more information.


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