South Bend house fire quelled in frigid temperatures

South Bend firefighters braved the cold temperatures to battle a house fire on the city’s west side Wednesday morning.

The South Bend Fire Department arrived at 725 North Johnson just after 11 a.m. to find fire coming from a second floor window. Assured that all of the occupants were safe and accounted for, firefighters were able to quickly get the fire under control.

Although the fire was put out quickly, there was a small hurdle firefighters had to handle before they could do their job.

South Bend Batallion Chief Mark Catanzarit said one of the fire hydrants on the block failed, “We quickly moved into action to use another fire hydrant on the streets. There was no problem with that, but this fire hydrant appears to be frozen, so we'll get that serviced and get it back in operational function with the water works” said Catanzarit.

Several thousand dollars of damage was done to the house, but no one was injured during the blaze.

“Everybody's safe and no report of injuries,” said Catanzarit, “My crews are in good shape and we're going to wrap up here shortly and get the fire crews back to the stations where they can thaw out a little bit and our investigation is ongoing."

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