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Temperatures Make For Difficult Morning For Firefighters

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HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) -- Hartford firefighters were called to two separate commercial building fires early Tuesday morning —  one in the South End and one in the North End.

Captain James McLoughlin says the fire reported around midnight in a building at 1012 Wethersfield Avenue was just north of the Wethersfield line.  The building, which housed lawn care equipment was believed to be a total loss.

Then, about , firefighters were called to 2326 Main Street,  the old Muckie’s building, now used as a pet food manufacturing facility.   The fire swept through the ceiling above the ovens, and Captain McLoughlin says as the crews pulled each layer of ceiling, they would find more fire behind it.

He says temperatures were in the single digits, and firefighters had to be careful of their footing as the water from their hoses froze and made the going treacherous.  One company had to be sent back to its station to thaw equipment after the hose couplings froze on a long stretch of hose in the Wethersfield Avenue fire.

The department provided a “rehab” bus to warm firefighters, as they swapped crews in the frigid temperatures.

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