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Family homeless after fire ravages home in Golden

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GOLDEN, Ill. (WGEM) - A family of six is now homeless after a fire destroyed its home early Monday morning in Golden.

Golden Fire Chief Les Post says his department responded to the fire in the 400 block of Albers Street at approximately 2:30 a.m. Flames were visible in the attic of the two-story home when firefighters arrived.

Post says the multiple departments assisted including Camp Point, Clayton, Bowen, West Point and Central Adams. The cold temperatures were the biggest issue and forced crews to store two tankers in the Golden firehouse at a time to help thaw out the equipment.

"It was very challenging," Post said. "We had to rotate guys in and out to keep them warm."

As fighting the fire this morning was anything but routine.

"You just get so stiff and so full of ice in your turnout gear that you couldn't hardly move," Post said.

The family was able to make it out of the house in time, but Post said the response time getting to the house was slower than he'd like.

"I think the cold and ice did hamper some because we just didn't feel comfortable working as much off ladders as what we probably would have if the weather had been nice," Post said.

Nonetheless, Post said all crews on scene did they best they could battling the fire as well as the elements.

"It didn't really change the end results that much," Post said. "It was in the attic and it was difficult to get to. "

Post said the cause has not been determined, but he does believe it was electrical. The Illinois State Fire Marshal will investigate the fire Tuesday.



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