Crews fight blaze in tough conditions

A mother, her two children and a dog escaped their burning house Tuesday morning on Hiller Road, in Newstead.

Newstead Assistant Fire Chief John Wideman says the fire started in the vicinity of a wood stove fire place. As many as seven fire companies are believed to have responded.

Bitter cold temperatures made it difficult to battle the blaze, and firefighters were forced to work in 20-minute shifts to stay warm.

Chief Wideman said, “These were some of the worst conditions I have ever been involved in as far as firefighting. We did have a lot of ice on the ground and the strong winds moved the fire swiftly though the house.”

Newstead Fire Police kept traffic at a distance from the fire, but even they had to periodically go into their cars to warm up.

“We have issues of hypothermia with firefighters, extreme cold conditions. It’s extremely slippery and extremely dangerous for being out fighting a fire today, and with the high wind, it made the fire spread to much quicker,” said EMS Officer Howard Stanley. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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