Much of the American northeast and the Midwest are suffering from sub-freezing temperatures following the polar vortex. It has been so cold that a building that caught fire – yes, it’s possible even in freezing temperatures – in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, on January 3, became completely covered in ice after the water sprayed by firefighters froze.
An Associated Press photographer captured an amazing picture of sunlight shining through the windows of the building and we shared it on Facebook as you might recall.
According to a firefighter interviewed by Lincoln Journal Star, the fire called in about 11:40 p.m destroyed three businesses — The Quarter House Pub, Cass Family Medicine and Plattsmouth Chiropractic Center — all housed in the building, which dates back to the 1880s. He said the building had burned once before but this time it is a total loss.
60 firefighters took turns pouring water on the building for about eight hours and by mid-morning most of the east side and the front were encased in ice. ‘As soon as the water hit the concrete it turned into ice. They don’t make ice skates with fire boots’, said Plattsmouth Fire Chief Mike Wilson. In fact, luckily, with the exception of a few firefighters that slipped on the ice, no one was hurt.