2 dogs die in Newark, Del. fire

Firefighters battle a blaze in the blistering cold in Newark, Delaware on January 23, 2011.

January 24, 2011 1:37:10 PM PST
The cold weather caused firefighters to not only battle frigid temperatures, but also frozen hydrants in Newark, Delaware.

At around 7:25 p.m. Sunday, the Newark Fire Department was called out to the report of a house fire on the unit block of Palmer Place in the Kimberton Development.

Arriving crews could see fire spreading from one home to two adjoining homes.

The home where the fire originated suffered severe structural damage.

According to the fire marshal two people lived in the house. One person has been accounted for, but officials are still looking for the second person. It is not clear if the person was home at the time of the fire.

The fire marshal said two dogs did not survive the blaze.

The below normal temperatures were troublesome for the firefighters who had to deal with frozen hydrants while trying to extinguish the scorching fire.

Crews also had to be extremely careful with any runoff water turning into ice on the roads.

Damage was estimated at $200,000.