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Winter conditions made fighting Central City house fire tough

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A fire devastated a home in Central City early this morning.

It happened  in the 1900 block of Paris Road.

Frigid temperature made it tougher and more dangerous for firefighters on scene.

Icicles hang from the home after it spent hours on fire.

The home appears to be frozen solid and the aftermath gives a chilling visual to the winter conditions, making it tough for those trying to help.

Winter weather isn't only hard on the crews that responded in Central City, but for other firemen in the state who have experienced the struggle in the past.

 "It's not the best time to fight a fire, there's time you walk out and you're a big icicle, you come out of the fire and you're a big icicle," said Matt Powers, Deputy Chief at the Hiawatha  Fire Department.

We're told some firefighters will wear boot chains to help them get around easier on the ice, still there are many obstacles to overcome.

"You know tools are made to work in normal weather but when you get the extreme cold and stuff you get ice built up on ladders or ice built up on chainsaws, and stuff they don't work as well as they would normally," Powers told us.

As for those who worked to put out the Central City house fire, they say it was tough but they are extremely thankful no one was hurt.

The Central City Fire Chief James O'Leary told us the family who escaped the burning home was crediting their dog for waking them up and getting their attention during the fire.

We're told the fire started in the chimney.

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