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Frosty temps test firemen

Greece, N.Y. - No matter what the weather, firefighters have to do their work, but in sub-zero temperatures, that work becomes more complex.

If you can stay dry, usually, you can get warm, but when you get wet, you end up having a problem in this weather, said Steve Dorgan, assistant fire chief with the Barnard Fire District.

Barnard firemen responded to a house fire on Duffern Drive in Greece at about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

It was a slower advancement into the building because of the snow and ice, explained Captain Joe Meath of the Barnard Fire District.

Once we put the fire out, we keep water moving in the lines, inevitably everything freezes, said Steve Dorgan. The ground becomes extremely slippery, the hose needs to be drained and then it all freezes (and) you cant load it all on the trucks.

It took 16 firemen approximately 20 minutes to extinguish the fire, and another two hours to cleanup.

More than 10 hours after the fire was out, some fire hoses remained frozen.

An elderly woman escaped the blaze. The investigation into its cause continues.

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