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Blazing Warehouse Freezes

Firefighters' uniforms and gloves froze and fire trucks became encased in ice as crews battled to tame the blaze in Chicago

These incredible images show a warehouse encased in ice following a huge fire in Chicago.  Around 200 firefighters battled for hours in sub-zero conditions to extinguish the blaze at the empty building on Tuesday night.

The minus 12C temperatures caused water from fire hoses to freeze, coating the building in ice as the blaze continued to rage inside.

Ice-covered trucks are blanketed in smoke after a warehouse fire in Chicago
Chilly: Fire trucks were frozen after tackling the blaze in -12C conditions - Reuters

Fire trucks were encased in ice and firefighters' gloves and uniforms froze solid.  The fire at the abandoned factory was described by crews as one of the worst they had ever seen.

Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford told the Chicago Sun-Times: "We haven’t had a fire this big in many years."

Firefighters continue battling a massive warehouse fire
Fire and ice: As the fire raged inside, the exterior froze solid
The roof and three walls of the warehouse collapsed during the fire, which took three hours to contain.  “It’s turning into a big ice cube now,” Mr Langford added.  The cause of the blaze is still being investigated....cont
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