Cold produced problems for Limestone firefighters, school officials

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – The single digit temperatures created problems for firefighters and school officials alike in Limestone County.

Patches of ice covered with salt left near a fire hydrant on O’Neal Road in Limestone County, the result of a house fire just down the road Wednesday night. Volunteer firefighters spent several miserable hours trying to save the home. The occupants got out okay but many of their belongings were lost.

There was trouble on the road, or getting on the road for a number of Limestone County’s school bus drivers. Some of the buses simply refused to start.

It was so cold Wednesday morning that at least one of the buses froze up while it was out on its route. One bus had just dropped off some students and was driving away when it quit. The mechanics think the fuel filter froze.

“We had about 30 buses that didn’t crank this morning that we either needed to change out batteries or have some mechanical assistance,” according to Limestone County Schools Superintendent Tom Sisk. He added, “That delayed some of our children getting in even with the two hour delay but we got ’em all in.”

Meanwhile students arriving for class at Cedar Hill Elementary found it about as cold inside the school as it was outside. The boiler shut down during the night, but was quickly restarted this morning. By lunchtime things were back to normal.

The superintendent says they’ll take the same precautions Thursday morning as they did Wednesday morning, having bus mechanics stationed in each district in case there are more problems.

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