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Bitterly cold temps pose challenges for crews that battled fire at Cambridge Square Apartments

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fire crews in Clarksville battled more than just flames Wednesday morning as an apartment building caught fire. They were also up against bitterly cold temperatures

At the Cambridge Square Apartments, it didn't take long for crews knock out flames, which is good considering they were out in dangerously cold temperatures.

Crews were called out just after 8 a.m. They arrived to find heavy smoke and flames.

The fire started in an apartment on the bottom floor. Officials say two people were able to escape on their own. 

Fire crews also rescued a dog from one of the apartments.

At the time of the fire, the temperature in Clarksville was around 10 degrees, with single-digit wind chills.

The Clarksville streets department was called out to lay salt out of fear that crews would slip on quickly freezing water coming from hoses.

There are also other challenges that spring from working in cold temperatures -- particularly when you are working and perspiring.

"We try to take preventative measures," said Clarksville Fire Chief Brandon Skaggs. "In fact, if we would have been here any longer, I was going to call in a TARC Bus to come out so firefighters could rehab and warm up in that." 

There is no word yet on what caused the fire, which is still under investigation. 

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