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Crews extinguish Middleville fire

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Crews worked to put out a major house fire, which continued to flare up In Barry County Wednesday morning.

The fire broke out just before 5:00 Tuesday night near Yankee Springs and Shaw Lake Roads in Middleville.

The family was able to escape without injury.

At the height of the fire crews poured more than 20,000 gallons of water on it before making the decision to let the fire burn itself out.

Fire officials say the terrible cold and wintry conditions were just too much to overcome.

"We just, we couldn't get to the fire, it was too deeply seeded. We were unable to get water to sufficiently put the fire out. The roof had collapsed, the floors had started to collapse, so we pulled back and were trying to put water on it from the outside. We got it most of the way knocked down, we had to pull our people in and get them in to avoid frostbite and hypothermia," said Lt. Brett Laitila of the Thorngate Township Fire Dept.     

Overnight crews used another 15,000 gallons of water. Wednesday morning there were occasional flare-ups.

Right now it's not clear what started the fire.