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Cold temperatures make it difficult for firefighters battling flames at west side home overnight

Posted at 9:09 AM, Dec 15, 2017

Cold temperatures made it difficult for firefighters battling flames at a house on Cleveland's west side early Friday. 

Authorities say a couple had to jump from the second story porch of the burning home on West 57th Street because the flames were blocking the exits. 

A 27-year-old woman was taken to the hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation and an ankle injury. 

No one lived on the first floor of the home. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation but officials say the gas was off and space heaters were being used in the fire.  

Temperatures were in the single digits in Cleveland overnight, making it difficult for firefighters. 

Cleveland fire officials said winter fires are the most dangerous for firefighters because ladders and water lines freeze. 
 
Twenty-seven firefighters responded to the scene.