Thursday, January 24, 2013

The incredible moment a blazing warehouse turned to ICE after firefighters' water FROZE in Arctic temperatures sweeping Midwest


The cities of ice: From Minnesota to Maine, Arctic freeze sweeps America as temperatures plummet as low as -36F

  • A wave of arctic air from Canada is sweeping through the Midwest into the Northeast
  • Historic warehouse in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood was destroyed in five-alarm fire last night; building is today sheathed in layers of ice
  • Authorities believe the cold could have killed at least four people so far and are issuing health warnings
  • The air north of Great Lakes 'colder than that of the North Pole'

  • Mail Online - A deep arctic freeze has locked parts of the Midwest to the Northeast in their fourth day of glacial temperatures felt as low as -36F degrees - freezing fountains, faces, and as breathtakingly seen in Chicago, entire buildings.

    In the Windy City firemen battled a five-alarm warehouse fire in single-digit temperatures last night, with the extreme cold hindering the process. Water froze on firefighters’ gloves almost as soon as it left their hoses, and today, the entire façade of the building, located on the city’s South Side was coated in sheets of ice.

    In New York's Manhattan, commuters similarly woke to temperatures around 12-degrees today, but with wind gusts of 15-20 mph, it felt more like five below as people started their work day.

    The cold snap arrived on Saturday night as waves of Arctic air swept south from Canada, pushing temperatures to dangerous lows and leaving a section of the country well-versed in winter's pains reeling.

    Blistering cold: A deep arctic freeze has locked parts of the Midwest to the Northeast in below freezing temperatures as seen with this frozen fountain in New York City's Bryant Park
    Blistering cold: A deep arctic freeze has locked parts of the 
    Midwest to the Northeast in below freezing temperatures as 
     seen with this frozen fountain in New York City's Bryant 
    Park on Wednesday         


    Update:  Bridgeport Warehouse Fire Flares Again

    NBC Chicago - The fire that lit up Chicago skies Tuesday night and consumed a third of the city's fire department rekindled Thursday morning.

    Sky 5 images of the abandoned warehouse at 37th Street and Ashland Avenue in Bridgeport show flames again shooting through the roof and smoke pouring south as fire equipment gathered at the building. The flames began again just before 6 a.m.

    Chicago Fire officials called it a "significant rekindle" that they were expecting with crews already on the scene.