Fire crews battle house fire

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Today's cold temperatures offered challenges to firefighters as they battled a house fire near Douglas and Meridian in what felt like five-degree weather.

The fire started around 8:00 a.m. on Thursday. It took fire crews 30 minutes to get the fire under control, which meant they were exposed to below freezing temperatures for extended periods of time.

Batallion Chief Scott Brown says they have to keep water flowing through hoses so it doesn't freeze.

Once the fire is out, firefighters have to throw sand on any standing water so that doesn't freeze and pose a safety hazard.

Brown says the gear keeps them warm while fighting the fire but their body temperature can quickly drop.

"Some of the problems we worry about once the fire is out and they start cooling off, that's when it gets cold. Their sweat and their adrenaline aren't flowing like it was so we really have to watch for hypothermia," says Brown.

Firefighters say everyone inside the home got out safely. The Red Cross is assisting the family.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.