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Firefighters battle flames and frigid temps in Bridgewater

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Firefighters from Bridgewater and several other surrounding towns said they had to battle flames and freezing temperatures Friday.

Crews were called out to a home on Henry Sanford Avenue around midnight to find the home engulfed in flames.

"We started going to work," said Chief Eric Gsell of the Bridgewater Fire Department. "Heavy fire on all sides, heavy smoke."

Fire crews were called in from the surrounding communities of New Milford, Roxbury and Brookfield to assist with extinguishing the blaze.

In addition to the home's remote location, crews had to deal with frigid temperatures and hoses freezing.

"With the temperatures in the single digits, it's just hard," explained Gsell. "One more factor you have to deal with. You can see the water, it freezes as it hits you, the ground is slippery. Just one more precaution you have to deal with, but it is what it is. It's the weather and this is what we do."

Officials said a couple was in the home at the time of the fire. They were both able to make it out safely.

Crews said the home was a total loss. A caved-in roof could be seen on the home along with two burned vehicles inside an attached garage.

The chief said the reason there were no injuries was because the couple had working smoke detectors.

"Check your smoke detector," Gsell said. "Their smoke detectors went off, they got out. Houses can be replaced, people can't."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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