GFD battles structure fire in subzero temperatures

By: 
Jamie Crisafulli
Thursday, January 16, 2020
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The Glendive Fire Department battled a structure fire on the 800 block of South Pearson Tuesday morning.
 

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The fire likely started in the motorhome parked next to the home. The fire spread to the side of the house and into the eaves and attic.

The Glendive Fire Department battled a structure fire in dangerous cold temperatures Tuesday morning.

The fire was located at a residence on the 800 block of South Pearson Avenue. The GFD was called to the scene at 6:45 a.m.

Although the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time, it is likely that it began in the motorhome parked next to the home.

“When we arrived the flames were approximately 30 feet high coming from the motorhome,” GFD Chief Russell Feisthamel said.

The motorhome was destroyed and the home sustained a significant amount of damage as well.

“The RV was a total loss and with it being parked close to the house, unfortunately the side of the house caught fire, which extended through the eaves and into the attic, which made it difficult to fight,” Feisthamel said.

Subzero temperatures were also a challenge for the department. The windchill at the time of the fire was nearly -30 degrees.

“The SCBA regulators and masks were freezing up, the handheld radios and thermal imaging cameras were freezing up and we had to send two engines back to the fire department to make sure they didn’t freeze,” Feisthamel said. “Every firefighter was covered head to toe in ice.”

The Glendive Police Department, Dawson County Sheriff’s Department and Glendive Ambulance Service were also on the scene Tuesday morning.

Reach Jamie Crisafulli at rreditor@rangerreview.com .

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