‘Equipment Is Frozen in Place’: Boston Firefighters Battle Fire and Then Ice

Firefighters put out a massive fire in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood Friday in freezing conditions that left the street, firefighting equipment and even fire crews covered in ice. No one was injured in the 6-alarm fire, though Boston's Fire Chief estimates it caused $2 million in damages

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Firefighters put out a massive fire in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood Friday in freezing conditions that left the street, firefighting equipment and even fire crews covered in ice.
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The fire, which happened in a Bunker Hill Street building with a laundromat on the first floor and apartments on the second and third floors, started just before dawn Friday when temperatures were in the single digits.
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Water was freezing almost immediately after leaving the firefighters' hoses.
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EMPTY_CAPTION"When you have these kinds of conditions, it's 2 degrees, things freeze very rapidly," Boston Fire Commissioner Joe Finn said.
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Firefighters were covered in frost, and Bunker Hill Street was turned into a sheet of ice.
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Firefighters and Boston EMS personnel had to be rotated at the scene due to the cold.
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Friday's blaze left at least 20 people homeless. No one was injured.
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The Boston Fire Chief estimates $2 million in damages.
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The Boston Fire Department posted pictures of the scene.
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Chief Joe Finn was covered in a layer of ice following the fire.
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