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Firefights Battle Blaze From Car Fire in Tough Conditions

Peoria Firefighters try to fight a car fire in frigid temperatures.
PEORIA - The cold weather is causing problems for Peoria firefighters. Firefighters responded to a call of a car on fire in the 200 block of Indiana Monday. The flames spread from the car to a truck that was sitting next to it. Firefighters say when the car wouldn’t start this morning the driver tried to charge up the battery. In frigid weather like this firefighters say certain equipment won’t work correctly.

 

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.

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