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Firefighters Battle Heat While Fighting Moline Fire

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More than a dozen firefighters responded to a house fire in Moline Friday morning. They were called to an older, 2-story house in the 5400 block of 3rd Ave. When firefighters arrived shortly after 9:30, there were flames and smoke coming from the roof. The fire was located on second floor and attic areas.

The house is divided into two homes, one on the first floor and the other on the second floor. There is heavy damage on the second floor apartment and smoke and water damage to the first floor home. The American Red Cross of the Quad Cities is Assisting the people who lived there.

At the time of the fire, the heat index was 94 degrees and rising. When asked about the heat, Moline Fire Deputy Chief Ike Sederstrom said they had to be really careful.

"As a firefighter, you're encapsulated in that suit which keeps the heat out, but also traps the heat in." He said they gave firefighters frequent breaks and plenty of water.

It took 17 to 18 firefighters about 45 minutes to put the fire out. They received assistance from East Moline. There is no cause yet.