Firefighters battle large house fire in south Columbus

Scene of a house fire on Ann Street in south Columbus (Tim Flaherty/WBNS-10TV)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Columbus fire called out extra manpower for a stubborn house fire on the city’s south side.

The fire department responded to a home on Ann Street near East Sycamore Street around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The building was a duplex unit but authorities say no one was inside during the fire.

Firefighters did rescue a small dog from the fire. The dog was fine after being dried off and warmed up.

But the flames weren't the only danger firefighters had to contend with. There was also frigid winds and ice everywhere.

“Anytime we're flowing water through the hoses, we have to make sure the nozzles don't freeze up, so there's techniques to that,” Columbus Fire Battalion Chief Steve Martin said. “Trucks that aren't throwing water out of their vehicle, but are carrying water, we have to make sure they keep water churning so that their pumps don't freeze up. so there's a whole different dynamic to winter time firefighting."

Investigators are still looking for a cause of this fire.

Firefighters battle large house fire in south Columbus

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