Frozen Gear a Challenge at Missouri Fire Scenes

Overnight lows well below zero posed a number of problems for firefighting crews in Springfield and Ozark, who faced frozen equipment and dangerous conditions while they worked to put out house fires early Tuesday.

Firefighters from Ozark, Sparta, Nixa and the Logan-Rogersville fire departments battled a fire shortly before midnight last night that destroyed a mobile home near Lindenlure.

Ozark Fire Chief Bill Arington says a call came in at 11:45 p.m. on the fire on Canyon Road.  The structure was fully involved in flames and was “destroyed before we got there,” Arington said.

Bitter cold temperatures made fighting the fire more difficult, Arington said. Personnel were on scene for 3 hours and 15 minutes.

“At one time it was minus seven degrees, the gear was frozen. We had multiple changes of gloves. I was stacking the frozen gloves,” he said, “and it was like stacking rocks.”

And in Springfield overnight, there were no injuries, but extensive damage was done to a single-family dwelling that caught fire at 2513 N. National in Springfield.

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