NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A New Albany house was destroyed in a fire that happened late Thursday night.

Four people were able to escape from the home unharmed, but the freezing temperatures made it difficult for firefighters battling the blaze.

Firefighters responded to the home on Clark Street just after 11 o'clock Thursday night and saw heavy smoke shooting out of the second floor.

Fire officials say the home is a total loss.

Firefighters were climbing in and out of the house in the middle of the night while plumes of smoke billowed out of the home.

They actually had to put salt on the roof of the home because it was so slick.

Officials say the fire was spreading to the attic, and they had a hard time putting it out.

Fire officials say their gear keeps them warm, but all the water they spray onto the home freezes up quickly.

"Everything turns to ice," said New Albany Fire Chief Matt Juliot. "It's really slick around the perimeter of the home, on the sidewalks and streets. So you've got to be really careful not to slip and fall and hurt yourself."

Investigators are looking into what caused the fire, saying there was a report of a breaker that kept tripping.

The Salvation Army was at the scene, helping keep firefighters warm with portable heaters, coffee and hot chocolate.

The firefighters also rotate crews.

There is trust fund set up at US Bank for the victims. It benefits Austin Whitman and Mike Miller's family.

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