Heat Overcomes Several Firefighters On Scene

July 13, 2012 Updated Jul 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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July 13, 2012 Updated Jul 13, 2012 at 11:33 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)
Instead of rescuing residents from a home on Harp Place in Buffalo's Blackrock neighborhood, emergency crews were rescuing one of their own.

"You can't cool down in this weather. You're loosing a lot of water and you're carrying a lot of weight and containing a lot of heat," said Division Chief John Mogavero of the Buffalo Fire Department.

The situation turned dangerous for other firefighters as they worked to knock down the flames which started in the rear of the home near a shed.

"We have a couple other ones that we're going to keep an eye on and possibly transport but we try and get them out of the building cooled off as quickly as possible but once again there's that problem, this high heat humidity, you working, your sweating like crazy, your heart rate is elevated you just can not cool down quickly and it really does a number on your body," said Mogavero.

The blazing sun and fire is a no doubt a deadly combination but thankfully the two families who lived in the house weren't home when the building went up in flames.

The flames almost spread to an adjacent home...but quick thinking crews were able to contain the exposure.

Mogavero says their approach to battling blazes in the boiling heat is no different than on a cool day except it's tough for firefighters to cool down.