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Fire in Dubois, Wyoming Ravages Historic Town

Temperatures plunged to 25 degrees below zero while firefighters battled the flames.

A historic town in Wyoming has been ravaged by a fire that tore through a line of businesses in subzero temperatures, leaving charred buildings covered in ice. Firefighters in Dubois, a town of about 1,000, had to contend with frozen hoses and other equipment problems as they battled the blaze that raged Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, when the mercury plunged to 25 degrees below zero. "They were, as usual, heroes," Mayor Twila Blakeman told the Associated Press.

Dubois, in northwestern Wyoming, is known as a gateway to the state's scenic wildernesses, including Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks.

This Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 photo provided by Kate Wiltshire shows the frozen remains of building after a raging fire that swept through Dubois, Wyo. on Tuesday night. Huge flames ripped through the historic buildings in the picturesque western Wyoming town as firefighters contended with sub-zero temperatures that froze their hoses and other equipment. Four buildings containing more than a dozen businesses were destroyed, but Mayor Twila Blakeman credited firefighters with keeping the flames from spreading even further.Kate Wiltshire / AP