By Mike Campbell

HIGHLAND PARK (WWJ) – Firefighters battled freezing temperatures and bitter wind after a blaze broke out at a vacant home in Highland Park.

Crews responded early Tuesday morning to a home on Highland Street, just west of Woodward Avenue.

Sgt. Merlin Walton told WWJ’s Mike Campbell when firefighters arrived, there wasn’t much they could do.

“It was basically the roof has fallen in on the basement, so we’re just going to have to let it burn through. But in the meantime, we’re just going to clear some of our line and just keep our eye on it for right now,” Walton said.

Temperatures Tuesday morning were below freezing, floating between 20 and 25 degrees with a frigid wind chill, making the firefighters’ job all the more difficult.

“It’s more work when it’s cold like this because officers are slipping on ice and the weather just makes it a little more difficult,” Walton said.

No injures were reported. The fire’s cause remains under investigation.


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