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Slick, icy conditions as crews battle Providence fire

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By: Melissa Randall

Twitter: @MelissaARandall

Two Providence firefighters slipped on ice and fell while battling an early morning fire at 23 Baxter St. Slick conditions made for a potentially dangerous situation.

The fire began just after 2:30 Wednesday morning. When crews arrived at the Providence home they were met by heavy flames pouring out of the 1st and 2nd floors. 

The residence is a single family home. No one was in the house at the time the fire broke out. Crews were able to put out the fire in about 45 minutes. 

Firefighters say the cold weather did make a battling the blaze more difficult. Water from their hoses and the hydrants froze almost instantly and made the ground very slick. 

Two firefighters did slip and fall. The first one suffered a knee injury and was taken to the hospital.  The second was checked out and is expected to be okay. Firefighters say this time of year crews do take extra precautions to stay safe and prevent injuries. 

"They try to use as much caution as they can. We do carry speedy dry on the trucks and once a member becomes free they put the speedy dry down to see if they can sure up their footing ," said Battalion Chief William Kenyon.

The home suffered heavy damage. An arson investigator was called in to help determine how the fire started. The Battalion Chief tells ABC6 News that this is standard procedure.

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