Frozen Fire Hydrants Cause Problems During House Fire -

Frozen Fire Hydrants Cause Problems During House Fire

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PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. - Due to the cold weather, firefighters had a tough time battling a house fire on Church Street in Easley Tuesday night.

According to Easley Fire Chief Butch Womack, firefighters were called to the home after receiving reports of a fire inside. When they went to open up the fire hydrants to battle the fire, Womack said that the water froze. Fire departments from around Pickens County responded with tanker trucks to help solve the problem, but the interior of the home was heavily damaged and the exterior also suffered some damage. 

7 On Your Side's Drew Smith spoke with the homeowner, who told him that he was using his wood stove and a space heater to try and thaw pipes in the home that were frozen.

The residents of the home, as well as the firefighters, were not injured in the fire.  American Red Cross spokesman John Wareham stated that the residents were assisted with food, clothing, shoes and winter apparel due to their needs and are staying with family members.
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