Fire crews battle fire, but also the freezing temperatures

Updated: 01/07/2014 5:46 AM
Created: 01/06/2014 11:24 PM WHEC.com

Rochester firefighters not only had to battle flames Monday night, but the wind and chill as well. Right now, investigators are ruling a house fire on Maple Street suspicious.

Crews response to the fire just after 7 p.m. We asked the deputy chief what kind of an impact the cold has on fighting fires.

Rochester Fire Department Deputy Chief Dennis Prevost said, “It makes everything go a little bit slower. You arrive a little bit later. You gotta make sure your hydrant isn't frozen. You gotta get the lines in place, make sure you get the water flowing quickly or else they freeze up.”

The deputy chief told us an RTS bus was called in to help keep firefighters warm at the scene.


78° | 66°
  • Feels like: 71° F
  • Wind: WNW 5mph
  • Humidity: 90%
  • Thu Abundant sunshine
    72° | 55°
  • Fri Partly cloudy
    78° | 55°
  • Sat Thunderstorms developing in the afternoon
    86° | 63°
  • Sun Scattered thunderstorms possible
    82° | 65°