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Firefighters Battle Blazes in Freezing Temps

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SALISBURY, Md.- What appeared to be an ice castle at an amusement park this week was actually a burning building that Chicago firemen had a tough time fighting. Water would freeze as soon as firemen pumped gallons and gallons onto the structure. Forcing the battle against the fire to turned into a battle against mother nature.

Fire and ice are a problem in many parts of the country, even in Wicomico County. 

"You got the added temperature drop to it, so it's just even that worst," said Salisbury firefighter Brandon Records.

Firefighters in Wicomico County said they have the same problem. 

"Especially in below freezing temperatures like this. It gets cold," said firefighter Landon Ross. 

It is cold enough to freeze water hoses, which is an issue because they rely on water. But that's not the only thing that can get dangerously cold. 

"When you come back out, when you are soak and wet, you'll freeze," Ross said.

Frozen water hoses and gear can get heavy. "Well with the air pack and turn out gear, we add about 60 pounds to our body weight," said Salisbury Deputy Fire Chief Lee Smith.

Smith said no matter what they have to wear or how cold it might be, you can count on firefighters to pull you from a fire.

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