By Jana Peterson
Pine Knot News 

Frozen hydrants hamper firefighting efforts


March 8, 2019

Jana Peterson / Pine Knot News

Cloquet Area Fire District firefighters had to hook up to a tanker truck to douse the fire at this home on North 10th Street in Cloquet Monday, when they found the nearby hydrant covered with snow and frozen.

Firefighters from the Cloquet Area Fire District responded to two house fires Monday and found a frozen hydrant at each location.

That's a problem, said CAFD captain Chad Vermeersch.

"We had two frozen hydrants [Monday], one on each of the fires," Vermeersch said. "They hadn't been dug out and they were both frozen."

Vermeersch said the first call was a chimney fire on the 2000 block of Prospect Avenue in Cloquet. The fire extended into attic a little bit but the firefighters were able to knock it down pretty quickly, he said. They arrived on the scene at 10:26 a.m. and were out by 11:30 a....

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