Fire and ice: Crews battle cold along with apartment fire

Firefighters confronted cold temperatures that precipitated their tools to ice up as they battled a fire in a four-unit apartment constructing within the southwestern Montana city of Ennis

ENNIS, Mont. — Firefighters confronted subfreezing temperatures that precipitated their tools to ice up Wednesday morning as they battled a fire at a four-unit apartment constructing within the southwestern Montana city of Ennis.

“Everything was freezing up,” together with nozzles and respiratory tools, mentioned Joe Brummell, director of Disaster and Emergency Services for Madison County.

The fire was reported at about 5:45 a.m. by a resident of one of many flats, he mentioned.

By the time the fire was out at about 8 a.m., three of the 4 flats had been a complete loss, Brummell mentioned. Three individuals had been displaced, however nobody was injured, he mentioned.

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The Madisonian newspaper captured a picture of firefighter Pat Noack with his helmet, beard and his gear lined in ice.

The temperature was zero levels Fahrenheit (minus 18 Celsius) in Ennis on Wednesday morning, Brummell mentioned, with winds blowing 5 to 10 mph (8-16 kph), inflicting subzero wind chill elements.

Ennis, a neighborhood of 850 individuals, is a well-liked fly-fishing vacation spot about 50 miles southwest of Bozeman.

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