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Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Building Coated In Ice After Fire In Low Temps

Published on: February 16, 2015 05:09 PM
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Philadelphia firefighters work the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia, Monday Feb. 16, 2015, as icicles hang from where the water from their hoses froze. Bone-chilling, single digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)Philadelphia firefighters work the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia, Monday Feb. 16, 2015, as icicles hang from where the water from their hoses froze. Bone-chilling, single digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

Philadelphia, PA - Firefighters working to extinguish a blaze in Philadelphia amid bone-chilling temperatures have left behind a building coated in icicles.

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The fire department says the blaze was reported just before 4 a.m. Monday in a three-story building that houses the Locust Medical Center.

It was 3 degrees with a wind chill of 16 below zero. The record low temperature for the date is 2 degrees set in 1888.

Fire crews arrived to find flames shooting from the third floor.

Officials say gusty winds and the extreme cold hampered the efforts of firefighters to battle the flames.

It was so cold that icicles hung from the end of the firefighters’ hoses.

The blaze was declared under control about 2 ½ hours later. No injuries were reported.

A Philadelphia firefighter walks near the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, where ice has formed from the water used to fight the fire. Bone-chilling, single digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia. (Credit: AP)A Philadelphia firefighter walks near the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, where ice has formed from the water used to fight the fire. Bone-chilling, single digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia. (Credit: AP)
Icicles hang from utility and power lines near the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. Bone-chilling, single digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia. (Credit: AP)Icicles hang from utility and power lines near the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. Bone-chilling, single digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia. (Credit: AP)
A Philadelphia firefighter stands near an ice-encased vehicle as he works the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. Bone-chilling, single digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia. (Credit: AP)A Philadelphia firefighter stands near an ice-encased vehicle as he works the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. Bone-chilling, single digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia. (Credit: AP)
Philadelphia firefighters work the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia Monday Feb. 16, 2015, where ice has formed from the water used to fight the fire. Bone-chilling, single digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia. (Credit: AP)Philadelphia firefighters work the scene of an overnight blaze in west Philadelphia Monday Feb. 16, 2015, where ice has formed from the water used to fight the fire. Bone-chilling, single digit temperatures have gripped the region, prompting the closure of all parish and regional Catholic elementary schools in the city of Philadelphia. (Credit: AP)


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