Cold temperatures add extra challenge for fire crews

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ice covered the streets Sunday as single-digit temperatures added an extra layer of difficulty in dealing with a fire on Swift Avenue.

Crew responded to the fire around 9 a.m. at a business in North Kansas City.

“It’s going to be terrible. We’ve actually called Building and Grounds. They’re actually going to bring some salt and some things to get on the streets to help us keep from some slips and falls,”Battalion Chief Roger Wagoner said.

Wagoner said in addition to water freezing, the weather also impacted visibility, during a time when every minute counts.

“Between the heat, the steam from the water, you know, visibility is kind of bad at times. But again, it’s just terribly cold,” Wagoner explained. “It’s just mother nature. It’s raw.”

While no one was injured, Sunday’s fire left a metro business destroyed.

On one of the coldest days of the year, Wagoner said all you can do is be prepared.



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