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Amazing photos show Chicago's fire, then ice

Posted by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM
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Amazing photos show Chicago's fire, then ice




Amazing photos show Chicago's fire, then ice
Firefighters continue battling a massive warehouse fire Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Chicago, that officials say is one of the largest fires in recent years. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Chicago firefighters had their hands full already battling a huge warehouse fire in the city's South Side Tuesday night. But imagine trying to spray water on a blaze when temperatures are closer to 0 than freezing.

The temperature was 10 degrees during the fire, part of an arctic outbreak gripping much of the upper Midwest.. Water was freezing to hoses, hydrants -- even the firefighters' uniforms. 

And the next morning when the sun came up, it revealed an entire block coated in a thick ice leftover from the firefighting efforts.

The high Wednesday was only 23 and temperatures dropped even further to 4 degrees Wednedsay night, meaning that ice wasn't going anywhere anytime soon.

Firefighters were concerned the weight of the ice could collapse the damaged building -- adding even more to their challenges.

It's probably enough to make a few firefighters think of moving to sunnier climates. Or, at least some place where the spray doesn't freeze on contact!


by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM
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moneysaver6
by Gold Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM
Wow. Amazing pictures.
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Kokoscold
by Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Great pics scary blaze

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I heard about this on the local news. Pretty cool. Now all the fancy photographers are crawling all over the area. 

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:41 PM
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Wow! That is really cool. Er cold?

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 5:03 PM

amazing pictures

OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 5:06 PM

 That's crazy... and amazing!

Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I can't imagine how hard their jobs were trying to put out that fire.

rfurlongg
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 6:34 PM

wow!

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jan. 24, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Wow, that's something.

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apixieprincess
by Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Never seen anything like that before.  Beautiful.

Wonder if Mrs. Olearys cow kicked over another lantern.  LOL.

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