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Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, 5:42 p.m.

Firefighters battled frigid temperatures while containing a fire that destroyed a house in Donegal Borough early Thursday morning.

No one was home at the two-story, wood-sided Church Street residence when fire broke out shortly after 2 a.m., Chestnut Ridge Fire Chief Shawn Kestner said.

The home was engulfed in flames upon firefighters' arrival and it was unsafe to enter, he said.

Temperatures below zero made it tricky to fight the blaze as water used to douse the flames froze on nearby roads, making it slippery for firefighters, he said. No one was injured.

“It was an older building, so it didn't take too long to go up,” Kestner said.

A state police fire marshal is investigating. The blaze began in the rear of the home.

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