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Fire Crews Battle Flames, Bitter Cold in Republic

REPUBLIC, Mo. - Bitter cold and wind turned fighting an overnight house fire from a simple task to a frustrating and painful one in Republic early Tuesday.
REPUBLIC, Mo. - Bitter cold and wind turned fighting an overnight house fire from a simple task to a frustrating and painful one in Republic early today.

Republic fire fighters got the call at 2:56 a.m. for a blaze in a wood-frame structure at 307 S. Linwood.

“It was just misery,” said Republic Fire Chief Duane Compton. “Any other time, it would have been an easy fire, but when it’s cold, anything can go wrong.”
“Stuff freezes, stuff breaks, the breathing apparatus freezes up,” he said. 

The woman who lived in the house escaped unharmed, Compton said, and is staying with family members in Republic. The house sustained heavy fire damage.
“It pretty much gutted the front portion of the house,” he said.

A cause of the fire has not been determined, but it is not suspicious, Compton said.

Republic was assisted in fighting the blaze by personnel from Springfield, Brookline, Battlefield and Willard.

“The crew did a really good job,” Compton said, “but we had to strike a second alarm just because of how cold it was.”


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