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Wind and ice cause problems for firefighters in Winsted

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Fire crews from Winsted and several surrounding communities battled an early morning fire and the elements Monday.

Officials said a fire was called in shortly after 3:30 a.m. at a home on Prospect Street. They said it took crews until 8 a.m. to completely douse the flames.

"Everything starts to coat up with ice it gets very slippery," said Deputy Fire Chief Curt Mongeau.

Crews were called in from neighboring towns to assist. They said the wind and ice were causing issues for firefighters who were trying to douse the flames.

"The wind and the way the home is constructed is hampering us a little bit and the cold isn't helping," Mongeau said. "Everything starts to coat up with ice, it gets very slippery."

Firefighters also said they had to fight the fire from the outside of the home because the roof collapsed.

The home was reportedly a total loss.

Firefighters said a man and a dog, who had been inside when the fire started, made it out safely.

"Nobody got hurt so that's good and it didn't catch the other houses so that's even better," said neighbor Jim Bagoly.

When firefighters arrived a nearby fire hydrant was covered. Firefighters said they had to dig it out to get the hose hooked up and water on the flames.

"it didn't hamper us, but it's something people should remember is to dig out the hydrants around their houses, it makes it easier on us," Mongeau said. "It could save a life one day."

State fire officials were looking into what caused the fire.

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