Bitter cold made a dangerous situation even worse in Minneapolis on Wednesday when firefighters were called to the scene of an apartment-house explosion.
When firefighters arrived it was 18 degrees below zero.
John Fruetel is the fire chief in Minneapolis.
"It is brutal," Fruetel said. "It is tough on the firefighters right now. It is tough on everybody, and under very treacherous conditions. With all the ice out here now, it is like trying to work on a skating rink. So it's very difficult with the cold and the ice."
Fourteen people were hurt. The three-story building included apartments, a store and a mosque.
were so frigid firemen chipped away at frozen hoses. The spray of water quickly
formed a cascade of icicles on the outside of the burning building.
Firefighters wrapped victims in blankets and worked in shifts to avoid hypothermia.
Fourteen residents were taken to
local hospitals. Six are in critical condition. The cause of the explosion
is still not known. The city will have to determine Thursday if the buildings needs to come down.