Crews Battle Single-Digit Temps While Fighting Middlefield Fire

Crews had to battle the single-digit temperatures while they worked to put out a fire at an abandoned building in Middlefield on Thursday night and Friday morning. 

Neighbors on Kickapoo Road said the fire at the empty home began around 8 p.m. and while it is abandoned, sometimes it is occupied by stray cats. 

Frigid temperatures made fighting the fire difficult, according to Middlefield Fire Chief Pete Tyc.

"Everything freezes on contact. As you can see the water in the road is freezing up. We are working with the assistance of the public works to try to keep sand and salt on the scene. Hopefully that will take care of it. Slips, trips, and falls are always a big issue. And we're trying to operate safely as we can," said Tyc.

Officials said there was a collapse inside the building, which trapped the fire and it was not safe to send firefighters inside.  

Tyc said there were no injuries. He did not call the fire suspicious, but the fire is under investigation.

The building was demolished Friday morning.

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