Springfield, MA 2nd alarm at 140 Wilbraham Ave 06/27/16 – Companies arrived to find a heavy smoke condition emanating from a multi-story, mill building. An interior attack was quickly initiated, but was transitioned to an exterior attack due to deep seated fire conditions within the building. A second alarm was transmitted on the box bringing an additional two engines and truck. Companies set up for a long duration defensive fight.
The fire burned for more than six hours with conditions worsening due to a steady wind blowing. The fire would spread to the number four side wing before an excavator breached a wall and allowed firefighters to gain access to the deep seated fire.
The blaze was declared under control some eight hours after the initial alarm. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the marshals and Massachusetts State Police. Several firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion on scene.
Woolwich Township firefighters were dispatched to a wood pile on fire at 922 Katherine Street North, July 22 at 19:32. Kitchener Fire dispatch toned out a full response for Maryhill and Conestogo plus Elmira’s tanker. Conestogo reported smoke showing from their hall six miles from the scene.
Finished lumber, railway ties, and poles were well involved on arrival at the Mennonite sawmill. Maryhill and Conestogo pumpers set up port-a-tanks, with multiple 2.5” and 1.5” lines pulled from both trucks. Water was shuttled from a reservoir 1.5 miles from the scene.
Command requested Elmira’s pumper to respond to the reservoir to fill tankers and Floradale’s tanker to the scene. Shortly after command requested a full response from Floradale for manpower. Floradale was diverted to a second structure fire a couple of miles from the lumber fire but was released as they arrived at the scene. A portable pump was set up at a pond approximately 700 feet from the fire, supplying water for two 1.5” lines. The fire was declared out at 23:00. Box 690 provided rehab, serving 220 cold drinks, and lots of freezies to the 40 firefighters on scene.
SHELTON, CT – At approximately 8:00am on June 27, 2016, Shelton Fire companies 5,3, and 1 responded to 15 Fox Run Lane for a house fire. First-in members found heavy fire from the rear of a raised ranch. The fire quickly spread into the dining room, kitchen, and then to the attic. The fire was reported to have started from a discarded cigarette in a flowerpot. Nobody was injured in the fire and Monroe also responded as mutual aid.
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Chicago firefighters battled extreme heat during a 3-11 Alarm fire that originated at 2036 W. 21st Place and spread to two other houses 7-20-16. Eric Haak photos
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A tractor-trailer caught fire after knocking down a utility pole while trying to turn around on Johnson Road in Forest Park, GA Tuesday, July 19th. The Clayton County Fire Department responded and was forced to standby for well over an hour while waiting for Georgia Power to arrive at the scene and cut the power.