BUFFALO, N.Y- Buffalo Firefighters say a man was trying to defrost his pipes with a portable torpedo heater when his house went up in flames.

It happened shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday night on Abbott Road in South Buffalo.

Firefighters say they had trouble finding hydrants on the street because of all the snow.

If you see a fire hydrant that is not shoveled out you can call the city's 3-1-1 hotline.

The fire caused about $120,000 in damages.