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Cambridge ON million dollar fire

Cambridge (ON) Fire dispatch toned out P2, A6, A3, P1, R1, and Car 6 for a possible fire at the Ontario Provincial Police station at 500 Beaverdale Road at 14:24. P2 reported a thermal column enroute, and fire through the roof on arrival. A6 was second due at the fire and set up it’s aerial for master stream operations. A hydrant was picked up on the east side of the fire to supply P2 and A6. Interior firefighters reported they couldn’t open up the ceiling to get into the attic. The roof was reinforced so no one could exit through it or get into the station through the roof. The firefighters were pulled from the building and A6 was ordered to open up their nozzle. Crews tried to trench cut the roof but were pulled off quickly due to fire already running the length of the structure.

Firefighters pulled a four-inch supply line to a second hydrant on the west side of the fire, the only other hydrant available in the area. Multiple lines were used to attack the fire. P5 was added to the call as firefighters were battling high heat and the heavy fire. Off-duty crews were called in to staff spare equipment. The fire was brought under control in two hours. Firefighters were rotated through rehab to keep well hydrated. There were four new fighters at the fire having been hired as part of a new station opening.

Damage was set between $1 to $1.5 million. The Ontario Fire Marshal and Cambridge Fire Prevention are investigating the cause of the fire. Box 690 served 197 cold drinks, numerous snacks, and dinner. The Cambridge mayor said they could not have scripted a major fire less than half an hour after officially opening a new station. A6, a 2018 Pierce 110’ Ascendant platform was placed in service at 7 am when the first firefighters moved into the station prior to the grand opening. Photos and video shot 25 minutes into the fire.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

heavy smoke pours from Ontario Provincial Police building fire
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Cambridge, Ontario P2, P1, A6, R1, and Car 6 were dispatched to 51 Livingstone Crescent for a dryer fire January 17, at 20:30. The closest station to the call was Station 3 but A3 was on a medical call. P2 arrived and reported some smoke showing and all occupants were out of the building.

P2 pulled a line into the basement reporting heavy smoke, and near zero visibility. A hydrant was picked up as firefighters performed primary searches of the first, second, and third floors while fire attack looked for the source of the fire in the basement. The fire was located at the rear corner of the basement and quickly knocked down. Basement windows were taken out so ventilation could be performed by the attack crew. A3 cleared from their call and command had them return to their station as the fire was knocked down. 

Three firefighters were sent to perform a secondary search of the house and while on the second floor they reported the lights had gone out. Within a couple of minutes heavy black smoke was showing from the first and second floor. A minute later both floors flashed over. Two firefighters were able to exit via the stairs while a third had to bail out a second floor window onto the garage roof. He was transported to hospital with second degree burns and wass released the next morning. His gear and SCBA saved his life.

massive fire in a house in Cambridge Ontario
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The entire building was now fully involved, and fire came through the steel roof within minutes. A6 was setup quickly to protect exposures, and A3 was added to the call, ordered to grab another hydrant, and get their aerial up. Large lines were pulled to attack the fire and protect exposures. A third hydrant was pulled from Newport Drive as A6 didn’t have enough water to supply their bucket and lines. A4 and P5 were added to the call necessitating call-in of off-duty crews to staff spare apparatus now that all six stations were on scene.

massive fire in a house in Cambridge Ontario
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massive fire in a house in Cambridge Ontario
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massive fire in a house in Cambridge Ontario
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The upper two floors collapsed 30 minutes after the flashover and the fire was brought under control in two hours. One station remained on scene all night, and others are still on scene chasing hot spots. Due to the collapse, firefighters can’t go into the structure to work on fully extinguishing the fire. The Ontario Fire Marshall is on the scene to investigate the cause. Damage is pegged at more than $750,000.

Box 690 provided rehab. My photos and video were shot 25 minutes after the flashover. Box 690 member Dave Westwood’s photos taken immediately after the flashover. 

Gary Dinkel

Box 690

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Firefighters in Northbrook, IL and many mutual aid companies battled fire in three houses just before dawn on Wednesday (1/16/19). There was an apparent explosion in one house and fire communicated to homes on either side. One was almost completely gutted and the house upwind sustained moderate damage.


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The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD was dispatched for a reported house fire at 4:26AM Thursday morning (1/3/19) on North Apple Hill Lane in Prairie View, IL. Responding units from nearby Station 51 saw a glow in the sky and the response was upgraded to a working fire. Arriving companies found a two-story house that was fully engulfed by fire. The house was believed to be vacant and undergoing some renovation. The ladder pipe from Truck 53 went into service right away along with three hand lines as the entire operation was defensive.

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house destroyed by fire at night

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house destroyed by fire at night

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Firefighters battle house fire

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house destroyed by fire at night

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house destroyed by fire at night

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Firefighters battle house fire

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Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD Engine 53 HME Ahrens Fox RAT

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Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD Truck 51 quint with lines of

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Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD Truck 51 quint with lines of

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house destroyed by fire at night

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Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD Engine 53 HME Ahrens Fox RAT

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Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD Truck 51 quint with lines of

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Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD Truck 51 quint with lines of

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Prospect Heights (IL) firefighters were dispatched at 25 minutes after midnight to a reported fire at 107 North Schoenbeck Road after a passerby spotted smoke coming from the roof area. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the building was charged with smoke and smoke was coming from multiple areas of the roof. A quick search of the building determined it was unoccupied and the fire was in the crawlspace. The fire was quickly extinguished without extension into the walls or ceiling.

smoke from eaves of house on fire

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Firefighters prepare to enter a house on fire

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Firefighter drags hose at fire scene

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FD sector chief at house fire scene

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smoke from eaves of house on fire

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smoke from eaves of house on fire

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Firefighters at smokey house fire

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fire trucks at night fire scene

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Prospect Heights FPD Tanker 9

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Prospect Heights FPD Engine 9

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Prospect Heights FPD Tanker 9

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The Roberts Park FPD (IL) was called to 8701 W. 85th Place in Justice Sunday night (12/30/18) for fire in a 3rd floor apartment. They eventually elevated the incident to a 4-Alarm fire which gutted the top floor and caused extensive damage to the first and second floors. The fire was in the end section of three buildings separated by firewalls, and though fire did apparently get into one unit of the adjoining building, the remainder of that building plus the end building were saved. Elevated master streams from Bedford Park, Pleasantview, and Evergreen Park trucks on two sides of the building operated for several hours in addition to multiple large lines from the ground and deck guns from Roberts Park and Bridgeview engines.

dramatic photo of fire trucks battling a fire at nighr

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dramatic photo of fire trucks battling a fire at nighr

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apartment building with Mansard roof on fire

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Roberts Park FPD Engine 32 Seagrave Marauder

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E-ONE fire truck battling a fire

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colorful LED lights on fire truck aerial ladders

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fire engine shrouded in smoke at night

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apartment building with Mansard roof on fire

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apartment building with Mansard roof

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Chicago FD Engine 15

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