Firefighters fight bitter cold to put out Washington fire

By WEEK Reporter

Firefighters fight bitter cold to put out Washington fire

February 28, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 11:27 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Around 5 a.m. Friday morning firefighters from more than 12 area departments responded to the fire at a dairy farm in the 2200 block of Cruger Road in Washington.

Crews were forced to bring water tankers to the rural farm.

The weather posed a challenge.

"Everybody's hands are freezing. The radio and our external communications were in trouble because the microphones are freezing with the water being sprayed. You also worry about your equipment, your water pumps freezing up," said Washington Fire Chief Mike Vaughn.

"We're walking through a lot of horse and cow excrement and a lot of ice just everywhere," said Germantown Hills Firefighter Matt Haines.

They spent hours ridding the barn of hot spots.