Bitter Cold Takes Its Toll in Vt. Fire | NECN

Bitter Cold Takes Its Toll in Vt. Fire



    When crews were called to a house fire in Richmond Tuesday morning, temps in the area were -10 degrees (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN) - In Vermont, Tuesday morning's sub-zero temperatures took a real toll on firefighters.

    Crews were called to a home in Richmond for reports it was fully engulfed in flames.

    The temperatures in the area were about -10 degrees at the time.

    The town highway department put down salt and sand to help keep the firefighters from slipping on the ice that was forming from the hoses, and first responders said the bitter cold slowed down staff and equipment.

    "It's very, very difficult. Everything freezes. We've already had to send two trucks back because they're frozen; we can't get any more water off of them. We really try to keep water moving in the hoses so we don't freeze anything up. It doesn't take long," Underhill and Jericho Fire Dept. Assistant Chief Mathew Champlin says.

    The Red Cross is helping the homeowners, and said early reports were that the property was destroyed.