Freezing Conditions Create Issues for Wisconsin Firefighters

Firefighters in Ozaukee County battled an overnight house fire Monday, reports

Several agencies were called to a home in Belgium just before midnight after smoke was reported in the upper levels of the home. The residents of the home were able to escape safely.

Firefighters closed roads in the area due to water and ice build-up. An excavator knocked down the second story of the home around 6 a.m. to allow crews to get water on more interior portions of the home.

The rural setting of the home, combined with the bitter cold, proved challenging for firefighters.

“There’s no hydrants,” fire chief Daniel Birenbaum said. “We need to shuttle the water in from the villate and that became an issue with valves freezing on the hydrants.”

A wind chill advisory was in effect at the time of the fire. Temperatures were below zero, with wind chills dipping down to 20 below.

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