Freezing temperatures create obstacles for fire crews

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Fire crews encountered an obstacle and frigid temperatures as they battled a house fire late Monday night.

It happened just before midnight Monday near N.E. 16th and Bryant.

"I walked out. I was being nosy. I was like I have to come out here and look," Gabriel Pinon told News 4.

Pinon said that's because the flames coming from his neighbor's house were pretty large.

"Conditions deteriorated pretty quick. We had to pull everybody out and started fighting it defensively," said Battalion Chief Kyle Durham.

Durham said a portion of the roof collapsed, and that wasn't the only obstacle they faced.

"A lot of water had to be put in the street. We had to take a defensive position; that means setting up the aerials on the ladders, and we put about 2,000 gallons a minute on it. So, a lot of that water is going to run off from the yard into the street, and that will make them pretty treacherous," Durham said.

They had to call city crews to help.

This is something fire crews always deal with during the winter months.

"It was 13 degrees, but it felt like it was below 13 degrees," Pinon said.

The homeowner wasn't home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries reported.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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