With temperatures as cold as they've been, freezing pipes have been a concern for a number of homeowners. Precautions have definitely been necessary. Unfortunately, pipes aren't the only thing that can freeze.

This week, we learned that fire hydrants can freeze. And when they do, it can be a serious problem. The Moline Fire Department learned this the hard way sadly, when an emergency response was delayed by a frozen hydrant.

Here's the full release from the fire department's Facebook page:

Just before 4 a.m., a Moline home caught fire. Because the nearest fire hydrant was frozen from these arctic temps, the fire crew couldn't get water assistance to the house fast enough.

The building and itself were sadly a total loss, but the good news is that no injuries were reported in the aftermath.

The fire department hasn't released any methods of preventing a fire hydrant from freezing, but hopefully we'll learn some way soon!

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