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House Fire On Maple St.

The weather caused problems for Rochester firefighters as they battled a house fire Monday night.
The weather caused problems for Rochester firefighters as they battled a house fire Monday night. 

They had to deal with a "fire and ice" situation when a vacant house on Maple Street caught fire. Crews believe someone broke into the boarded-up house and started a fire to try to stay warm. The fire spread from the first floor to the second. Cold weather makes it much more difficult for firefighters to do their jobs. 

"It makes everything go a little bit slower. You get here, you arrive a little later. You gotta worry, you gotta make sure your hydrant isn't frozen. You have to get the lines in place and make sure you get the water flowing quick or they freeze up," Deputy Chief Dennis Prevost said.

The Fire Department says it is common for people to start fires in vacant homes to stay warm, but it is not recommended. 


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