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Multiple fires and high heat challenge firefighters in Port Jervis

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Before you start complaining about the heat, be thankful you weren't a firefighter in Port Jervis on Thursday. Our Christian Farrell was in Port where the weather was extra hot.

PORT JERVIS, N.Y. -- Firefighters have their hands full in Port Jervis. Multiple fires on North Orange Street draw the attention of close to a hundred area fighters.

"Everyone did get out safely. We're going to do a little preliminary search for animals when we feel it's safe. But both houses have a severe amount of structural damage," said Orange County Deputy Fire Coordinator Jim Rohner.

On a hot day, firefighters face the threat of danger on two different fronts. There's the flames of course. And then, just as serious, is the weather.

Even the bravest and best conditioned firefighters are put to the test trying to extinguish a fire on a day with temperatures well into the 90s.

"It's extremely hard for the firefighters in so far as the gear, the protective clothing they wear, coats, boots, helmets, gloves, hold the heat in, as well as being exposed to the heat," said Rohner.

"It's like hockey shifts. Every 20 minutes you got to get back off just to wet down and rehydrate," said Montague, New Jersey firefighter Matt Crann.

Care-1-EMS paramedic Stephanie Otto feverishly works to make sure all firefighters have plenty of water.

"Right now we're just trying to them hydrated," said Otto.

"Any idea of how much water you're going through?" our reporter asked.

"I would say so far we've gone through anywhere between 10 to 15 cases of water. It's a lot," she said.

Several firefighters do, though, succumb to the heat according to authorities. They're taken to a local hospital for treatment. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP