HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Firefighters fought cold temperatures and a stubborn blaze early Friday morning that took several hours to extinguish.

The 28 Center St. home is believed to be a total loss. Hoosick Falls Fire Chief Robert Bornt said Friday morning it was a possibility that the building would be torn down by the end of the day.

"All of the people got out," Bornt said, noting that two families who were displaced included at least two young children. "The structure was fully involved when we got here. It didn't take long to move through the house."

It is believed that the fire began in the rear of the house, which Bornt said was engulfed by the time responders arrived. It began just before 3 a.m. and was extinguished around 6 a.

Hoosick Falls Fire Chief Robert Bornt speaks to the media following an early-morning fire Monday that destroyed a home at 28 Center St. in Hoosick Falls,
Hoosick Falls Fire Chief Robert Bornt speaks to the media following an early-morning fire Monday that destroyed a home at 28 Center St. in Hoosick Falls, NY. (Mike McMahon/Troy Record)
m. Among the problems firefighters faced was the fact that due to the temperatures, the water being used was turning immediately to ice.

"Everything turns to ice immediately" in temperatures near zero degrees, Bornt said. After the fire was extinguished, the shell of the home that remained was coated with ice and icicles from the firefighters' hoses.

On Friday afternoon, Schaghticoke Valley and New York State fire investigators were looking to determine the fire's cause.