By Floyd Ingram/Chickasaw Journal
Brutally cold weather made fighting a house fire in Okolona miserable for firefighters early Friday morning.
The Okolona Fire Department was called to 513 West Drive at 4:57 a.m. to put out a fire in an unoccupied home. No one injured in the fire, including firefighters who had to battle sub-freezing temperatures as well.
“The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and the fire is under investigation,” said Andrew McDonald, Okolona assistant fire chief.
“The house was empty and we are checking to see if it had electricity.”
McDonald said the wood-frame structure was about half-way engulfed in flames when fire trucks arrived.
“We were on the scene until about 7:20,” said McDonald. “After we got the fire out, ice quickly formed on our equipment. It was cold, very cold.
“The cold did not hinder us fighting the fire, but cleaning up equipment and rolling up hoses at the scene was tough,” McDonald added. “It was miserable, but our guys responded well and we got the fire under control quickly. We’re just glad no one was hurt.”
McDonald said the Van Vleet Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the call.