“Everything that the pump sprayed turned to ice”

Firefighters battled single-digit wind chills

“Everything that the pump sprayed turned to ice”
Firefighters braved temperatures in the teens and single-digit wind chills to knock down the blaze.

BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - Brookland and Philadelphia fire crews braved frigid temperatures as they battled an early morning house fire.

Firefighters were called just after 3 a.m. Thursday to the 100-block of County Road 964, off Highway 49, north of Brookland.

When the first unit arrived at 3:16, according to E-911 Director Jeff Presley, they reported seeing heavy flames and a fully-involved house fire.

"Everything that the pump sprayed turned to ice," a firefighter said. "The road was icy, the house, and the bushes."
"Everything that the pump sprayed turned to ice," a firefighter said. "The road was icy, the house, and the bushes."

Due to the extreme cold, a Brookland firefighter told Region 8 News they had to keep switching out firefighters.

“It’s very dangerous,” he said. “Everything that the pump sprayed turned to ice.”

According to KAIT Meteorologist Bryan McCormick, the temperature at the time of the fire was 19 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of 7.

No one was in the home at the time of the fire, according to officials on the scene.

No one was in the home at the time of the fire.
No one was in the home at the time of the fire. (Source: KAIT)

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