PGFD fight fire and cold in Capitol Heights

Photo courtesy of PGFD

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (WJLA) - The cold is creating some issues when it comes to fighting fires. Prince George’s County firefighters responded to this house fire in Capitol Heights on Tuesday – but the fire may have been the least of their problems.

More than 50 firefighters were called to brave the flames inside the house and frigid temperatures outside. Water from the fire houses hit the frozen ground and turned into sheets of ice.

So while firefighters fought the fire inside, crews outside had to manage the freezing water forming on the street to prevent everyone from slipping and falling.

The fire started in the kitchen, and we are told that an elderly woman who lived inside the house managed to escape on her own. She was safe, but then the attention turned to the physical health of the firefighters whose gear was soaking wet.

A rehab bus was brought in, and all firefighters who were inside the home had to have their vital signs checked – extra steps were taken due to the cold.