Lynn firefighters brave bitter cold, wind after early-morning fire at vacant home

LYNN, Mass. — Firefighters in Lynn braved the bitter cold and gusty winds to battle a two-alarm house fire on Linden Street.

Lynn Fire Chief Stephen Archer said flames broke out around 2 a.m., and frigid temperatures caused some hydrants to freeze, which led to water problems.

“Probably the biggest battle we’ve dealt with, we had water problems, so we had some low pressure in some of the hydrants,” Archer said. “We struggled with getting the appropriate water pressure to knock this fire down.”

Archer said no one lives in the home and they did not need to evacuate any neighboring buildings.

Despite the gusty winds, firefighters kept the flames contained to the one home.

“I’m happy that our house is safe,” said Rogers Rosales, who lives right next door to the house that caught fire. “I woke up at two in the morning to big flames next door and a really bad smell, smoke. It’s pretty crazy.”

Rosales said even though it has been vacant for a few weeks, contractors have been working on the home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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