Arctic cold weather causes problems for Mass. crews

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January 24, 2014, 5:18 pm
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(NECN: Nicole Jacobs, Hingham, Mass.) - Although the latest nor'easter has said good-bye to New England, the effects continue to linger, and while life goes on, work does, too.

In Waltham, Mass., a three-alarm fire posed challenges to the fire crews battling the blaze on the ground.

"It is very slippery, it's tough on the crews," Waltham Fire Chief Paul Ciccone says.

Fighting the fires becomes all the more difficult when temperatures struggle to climb out of single digits, freezing water used to battle the flames. These are conditions for which crews plan, which, in this case, made crews upgrade the fire from two to three alarms.

"That's mostly for manpower in this weather, we knew crews were going to get tired quickly, rehab as quick as they can," Chief Ciccone says.

Along the south shore in Hingham, aging infrastructure came to a head along Lincoln Street, where workers cope with a new blast of winter, where there is no way to by-pass the chill.

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