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    Chester residents were evacuated from their house after it caught fire overnight. Firefighters battled not only the blaze but freezing temps. (Published Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014)

    On one of the coldest mornings of the year, fire forced a family out of their Delaware County home as crews battling the blaze were forced to get creative to stay warm.

    Flames broke out around 2:30 a.m. in the attic of a home along the 2700 block of Price Street in Chester, Pa. forcing a couple and their child into the sub-freezing temperatures.

    Firefighters that responded to the scene faced added challenges with temperatures hovering in the lower teens.

    “Some of my men (behind the home) the water that’s actually hitting them is icing up,” said Chester Fire Battalion Chief Charles Hopkins. “Most of the guys over there, their gear is iced up, their helmets are iced up so we have to keep rotating crews in and out to keep them from getting hypothermia.”

    No injuries were reported.

    Firefighters were able to battle back the flames and by 4 a.m. a sheet of ice had formed where the fire burned minutes earlier.

    Fire investigation crews were called in to determine a specific cause but firefighters said the fire didn’t appear suspicious.