Firefighters battle house fire in NE Rochester Thursday

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(ABC 6 News) – Just two days before Christmas, a northeast Rochester home caught fire Friday afternoon.

The call came in around 1 p.m. fpr a fire at the 5000 block of Connemara Dr NE. When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and fire showing from the house.

Fire officials say the incident was significant because of the challenges of fighting fire in the extreme cold, but also because of the location of the home, which was away from hydrants and required the use of a water shuttle.

“There was extensive fire damage throughout the home in this fire unfortunately. Our typical way of fighting fire has to be a little more short lived because our bottle will freeze up and our regulators will too,” Motor Operator K.C. Clark said.

According to RFD, there were at least two people inside the house when the fire started. Everyone made it out but one person was treated by Mayo Clinic Ambulance.

Fire officials say the damage has made the home uninhabitable and the American Red Cross was called in to assist the people living in the home.

The Olmsted County Sheriff, Mayo Clinic Ambulance, Red Cross, Elgin Fire Department Other information all responded to the scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.