CHESAPEAKE-- Firefighters were fighting a stubborn house fire Tuesday night in the 2600 block of Johnstown Road.

According to Capt. Scott Saunders, the fire started around 6:40 p.m. Smoke was showing from the home when units arrived.

The fire was proving tough to put out due to the amount of things that were stored in the house.

Saunders said the cold weather was also a factor because the water the fire department was using was freezing on the ground creating slippery conditions.

The residents of the house were a male and a female. The male was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation. A pet dog died in the fire.

A rehab unit was brought in for the firefighters because of the cold conditions. .

Saunders said a cause had not been determined.

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