Firefighters battle cold temperatures across New Jersey

Firefighters across the Garden State endured bitter cold temperatures while out fighting fires Tuesday.

The cold weather hampered firefighters in Linden who fought a house fire on the 700 block of Willick Road. That fire started just before 5 p.m., but crews were able to put the fire out within the hour. Witnesses say large flames were pouring out of the home soon after the fire started. There were no reports of any injuries.

Firefighters in Parsippany needed to use blowtorches to gain access to hydrants in order to put out a fire at the Powder Mill Townhomes on Stockton Court. At least four hydrants were frozen over, making it difficult to fight the blaze. A tanker truck was brought in with extra water in case more of the hydrants froze over. Several people and their pets were evacuated from the complex. A woman was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Her condition was not immediately known.

Firefighting efforts in Sparta were also delayed by cold weather. Water needed to battle a fire on Maple Parkway had to be siphoned from Lake Mohawk. Parts of the lake had frozen over, which meant firefighters had to chip away at the ice to get access to the water to fight the blaze. The homeowner was taken to the hospital to be checked out for unspecified injuries. Two dogs may have also perished in the fire.

Several more fires have been reported across the state. 

Temperatures for the rest of the day into Wednesday are expected to warm slightly. High temperatures Wednesday may reach the upper-40s.

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