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Weather hinders firefighters’ efforts in Bellaire

Firefighters battled a fire and frigid temperatures Tuesday morning in Bellaire.

Firefighters battled a fire and frigid temperatures Tuesday morning in Bellaire.

It happened at 3665 Monroe Street in just after 6 a.m.

"When we got here, it was all blowing out of the front of the structure, so it's kind of hard to tell until we can actually get in there and physically look at it and determine, hopefully, the cause and the origin of the fire," Bellaire Fire Chief Richard Smith said.

Smith said the home was abandoned but utilities were on. They were in need of help from several fire departments, including the tanker task force, as they faced two major problems trying to battle the blaze.

"There's no water on the street that we're on due to two water breaks being in town and two of the hydrants we tried were frozen,” Smith said. “We called in the tanker task force finally got a good water source established."

No major injuries were reported. However, one firefighter was injured after falling off a ladder.

"We'll probably be here for most of the day,” Smith said. “We're not making much headway. Everything’s freezing up. The pumps on the trucks are freezing, air packs are freezing, it's just too cold for this type of stuff."

Smith says he believes the fire is suspicious based on evidence when they got on scene. The state fire marshal will take over the investigation.

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