Battalion Chief Mike Morgan of the Peoria Fire Department says, “Any kind of skin that's exposed takes a beating. Once we put the water down it immediately freezes, which makes the conditions even more slick. The extreme cold, a lot of steam is caused when we spray water so a lot of times it's hard to tell if you're getting the fire out."
The garage at the residence sustained only minor damage. Firefighters say they face multiple challenges in cold weather as hydrants tend to freeze up and getting to the locations is difficult because of snow.