Extreme temps hamper school firefighting efforts

RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- Firefighters worked in temperatures hovering around zero as they battled a fire at a Racine school.

Authorities say the fire at Mitchell Middle School started about 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Police responded to an alarm at the school, discovered smoke and called the fire department.

Fire Chief Steve Hansen says the fire has destroyed the gymnasium where the roof has collapsed. But, Hansen says firefighters were able to stop the fire from spreading in the building to the elementary and high school areas.

Hansen says the weather caused their hose lines and nozzles to freeze. He says one firefighter slipped on the ice, but is OK.

School administrators have canceled classes at the damaged school.


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