UPDATE: Chicago Fire That Left Warehouse Encrusted In Ice Rekindles Once More (PICTURES, VIDEO)

A set of dramatic images shows how firemen in the US city of Chicago battled to bring a huge warehouse fire under control in sub-zero temperatures.

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Water turned to ice as it hit the freezing air


The fire department was hampered by temperatures of -12c as water sprayed onto the fire turned to ice in the Arctic-like conditions. Even fire engines and equipment reportedly froze.

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Even firefighters' uniforms reportedly froze


Around 200 firefighters tackled the blaze for three hours, described by officials as one of the largest in recent times, before it was eventually brought under control.

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Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford told the Chicago Sun-Times: "It's (the warehouse) turning into a big ice cube now."

Look through our gallery at the bizarre pictures.

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  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: A truck is covered in ice as firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters pour water on the smoldering remains of a warehouse in Chicago Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, after an overnight fire destroyed the building. Officials say it's one of the largest fires in the city in recent years. More than 170 firefighters responded to the five-alarm blaze that started at about 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Firefighters continue battling a massive warehouse fire Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Chicago, that officials say is one of the largest fires in recent years. More than 170 firefighters have responded to the five-alarm blaze that started at about 9 p.m. Tuesday Jan, 22, 2013. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Firefighters continue battling a massive warehouse fire Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Chicago, that officials say is one of the largest fires in recent years. More than 170 firefighters have responded to the five-alarm blaze that started at about 9 p.m. Tuesday Jan, 22, 2013. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Firefighters continue battling a massive warehouse fire Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Chicago, that officials say is one of the largest fires in recent years. More than 170 firefighters have responded to the five-alarm blaze that started at about 9 p.m. Tuesday Jan, 22, 2013. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Firefighters continue battling a massive warehouse fire Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Chicago, that officials say is one of the largest fires in recent years. More than 170 firefighters have responded to the five-alarm blaze that started at about 9 p.m. Tuesday Jan, 22, 2013. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Firefighters continue battling a massive warehouse fire Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Chicago, that officials say is one of the largest fires in recent years. More than 170 firefighters have responded to the five-alarm blaze that started at about 9 p.m. Tuesday Jan, 22, 2013. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Firefighters continue battling a massive warehouse fire Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Chicago, that officials say is one of the largest fires in recent years. More than 170 firefighters have responded to the five-alarm blaze that started at about 9 p.m. Tuesday Jan, 22, 2013. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Firefighters continue battling a massive warehouse fire Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 in Chicago, that officials say is one of the largest fires in recent years. More than 170 firefighters have responded to the five-alarm blaze that started at about 9 p.m. Tuesday Jan, 22, 2013. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: A firefighter helps to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters help to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • Firefighters Battling Massive Chicago Blaze Hindered By Frigid Temperatures

    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23: Firefighters work to extinguish a massive blaze at a vacant warehouse on January 23, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 200 firefighters battled a five-alarm fire as temperatures were in the single digits. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)