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Higher temperatures lead firefighters to take extra precautions

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Fire officials said their biggest concern this time of year is not letting their crew get over-heated and dehydrated.

A fire broke out in an abandoned home on Tuesday afternoon. The incident occurred around 4:40 p.m. on 2nd Avenue near Crenshaw Street.

When firefighters arrived, flames were visible on the front of the house and the roof.

No one was in the home at the time of the fire, and a cause has yet to be determined.

About twice as many men and women than usual responded to battle the house fire.

With more crews, they can cycle firefighters in and out of the structure, allowing everyone to get proper hydration when needed.

"On a day like today, when it's 92 degrees outside, they're wearing 40 pounds of gear, and going into a super-heated environment," said District Fire Chief Jim Norman.

Once the fire is contained, the biggest concern is taking care of personnel.

"So we're trying to cool them down, get them some shade, and get some fluids back in them," Norman explained.

This kind of rehab for firefighters has been used more in recent years to bring down the number of heat-related injuries.

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