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Fire chief puts house fire temperatures into perspective

Firefighters are subject to extremely high temperatures when battling a fire which can lead to dangerous health risks. (Source: WALB) Firefighters are subject to extremely high temperatures when battling a fire which can lead to dangerous health risks. (Source: WALB)
When you combine the heat and humidity, then think about the protective gear the firefighters have to wear, there are many health risks to factor in, such as dehydration and heat stroke. (Source: WALB) When you combine the heat and humidity, then think about the protective gear the firefighters have to wear, there are many health risks to factor in, such as dehydration and heat stroke. (Source: WALB)
Fire Chief Ron Rowe (Source: WALB) Fire Chief Ron Rowe (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany Fire Chief Ron Rowe helped put into perspective just how hot it can get for firefighters when they're out working in the 90 plus degree heat of summer. 

He said imagine your oven cranked up to 500 degrees. 

Every house fire they go into they're subjected to temperatures higher than that.

Rowe said that when you combine the heat and humidity, then think about the protective gear the firefighters have to wear, there are many health risks to factor in, such as dehydration and heat stroke.

"A lot of people don't realize the temperatures inside homes. When they're on fire, we're probably subjected to 800 to 1,000 degrees when we're inside fighting the fire," explained Rowe. "Which again compounds the issues with the heat and how fast you can dehydrate, how fast other health issues can come into play."

There were 28 firefighters battling the house fire on Pine Avenue Friday afternoon

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Five of them had to have EMS attention for hydration, but no one was injured or hurt.

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