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Firefighters Battle Fire & Extreme Cold in Overnight Call

Sub-zero temps hampered the Riley Fire Department on an overnight call. A fire started on the first floor, but spread to the second floor and attic space by the time the owners came home and could call 911. Crews were there for four and a half hours. Firefighters also had to contend with a -6 temperature, which created water supply problems with frozen equipment.
Sub-zero temps hampered the Riley Fire Department on an overnight call.

Here's a picture from the Department at the scene, Red Bud Lane in Timberlake’s Subdivision near State Road 46 & Lama Street North of Riley.

A fire started on the first floor, but spread to the second floor and attic space by the time the owners came home and could call 911.

Crews were there for four and a half hours.

Firefighters also had to contend with a -6 temperature, which created water supply problems with frozen equipment.

"It stresses our people. You have to be careful about frostbite and then you have the stresses of the environment. There were several inches of snow on the ground, so that covers many things. It becomes a tripping hazard, fall hazard. So all those things put together was very difficult,"
said Riley Fire Department Chief Jeff Fox.

The home, which was under construction at the time, is considered a total loss.

Because of the extensive damage, a cause will likely remain undetermined.

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