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Bangor firefighters battle early morning blaze

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- The Bangor Fire Department braved the bitter cold and battled a house fire. Crews responded to the call just after one o'clock Thursday morning. The single family home on Court Street was completely engulfed in flames and unsafe for firefighters to enter.

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The resident of the home jumped from one of the windows to escape the blaze and waited for crews on a nearby snowbank. He was taken to Eastern maine Medical for unknown injuries. There were no firefighters injured, but they did face hurdles.

The flames and below freezing temperatures added challenges to an already difficult situation.

Hours after crews arrived on scene, there were still hot spots that needed attention. Water from the hose immediately froze encasing the home in ice and the area around the home. The icy ground added another hurdle causing crews to be unable to use a ladder and get closer to the still smoldering spots.

Lieutenant Chuck Rodway with Bangor Fire Department said, "The biggest hurdle is things freezing up. Right now that engine over there all the gauges are frozen up on it and we have to keep the water flowing in the hoses so it doesn't stop and the hose freezes up. That's one of the biggest things. And of course, we have to watch ourselves and make sure we don't get hypothermia."

Lieutenant Rodway expected to be on scene for most of Thursday until the hot spots were completely put out. The State Fire Marshal's Office was on scene early Thursday and is expected to begin an investigation into the cause of the blaze. At this time there is no cause and it is unknown if there were working smoke detectors.