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Crews battle bitter cold, flames at Dunn and Eau Claire county fires


Dunn County (WQOW) - Fire crews spent hours in the cold, battling flames at a Dunn County mobile home.

The fire started around two o'clock Monday afternoon off of County Road "C" southeast of Menomonie. It's believed a wood stove may have started the fire, which gutted the home. Luckily, the family was renovating and living in a separate home on the property, so no one was inside at the time of the fire. But, the bitter cold made it extremely difficult for firefighters.

"A lot of ice. It's very difficult for the firefighters because they're very cold too. They're wet, it's obviously very cold just being here, but then you add the water into the mix, and they're cold.  It's not just when you get wet and cold, but then it gets icy and you've got the slip hazards.We're having problems with the hoses freezing up, we had one burst. We're having problems with our air packs freezing up," says Menomonie Fire Department Battalion Chief Don Terkelsen.

The home is a total loss.

Firefighters were also called to a farm near Augusta. A fire broke out around five o'clock Monday night. Crews from Osseo, Augusta and Fall Creek worked to put out the flames in the freezing cold. It's not clear what caused the fire, but we do know no one was injured.

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