Dangerously cold day to fight a fire

7:32 PM, Jan 3, 2014   |    comments
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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- The fire at Fifth Third Ballpark couldn't have come at a worse time for firefighters. Temperatures were in the low teens Friday morning and afternoon and the cold and wind made it very difficult to fight the fire.

The Plainfield Township Fire Department was first on the scene around 11 a.m. "Conditions are nasty. It's cold, it's windy," said Chief Dave Peterson.

The fire was fully engulfed and other departments had to be called in to help. "This is definitely one of the worst days," says Lt. Jamie Davies with the Rockford Fire Department.

One of the toughest jobs was holding the hoses outside. "It blows right back at you and freezes instantly. Everywhere you walk, it's ice," said Davies.

It was also tough finding extra fire hydrants on the outskirts of the ballpark. "Getting to the hydrants that are buried in the snow, then to pull lines on the ice. It's difficult."

It was a rough day, for everyone involved, but in the end, the fire was put out and no one was hurt.

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