Fire crews were hard at work when the flakes started falling in Exeter Twp., Berks Co., on Thursday.
A smokey fire and cold conditions posed big challenges for firefighters. They were able to prevent a home at 109 Constitution Ave. from being destroyed by a fire that broke out in the garage, but they were also battling cold temperatures and falling snow.
"The whole inside of the garage was on fire, but then it started spreading up the side of the house," said Matt Disanto, who witnessed the fire and captured video that shows the intense smoke and flames, which he said spread from the garage up the side of the house within minutes.
Numerous fire companies showed up to fight the blaze, and their main objective was containing it to the garage, but another challenge was fighting the cold weather and falling snow.
"It puts a lot of stress on the body when it is cold. We have to make sure we are dressed for it and prepared," said Chief Robert Jordan, Exeter Township Fire Dept.
Everyone inside the home is safe, but the garage and cars inside it are destroyed.
"I really do feel sorry for these people. A snowstorm and then their house is gone," said Disanto.
The fire chief said the fire appears to be accidental, but an investigation is still being conducted.