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Fire dispatch toned out Wellesley, Linwood, and St Clements for a confirmed garage fire at 74 Parkview Drive, June 7 2019 at 5:35. A Wellesley pumper arrived to a fully involved house fire with the siding on the E4 exposure melting.

Multiple lines were pulled to attack the fire and protect the exposure. Linwood picked up a hydrant on the way in to feed the Wellesley pumper, and a St Clements pumper picked up a hydrant from the north end and pulled multiple lines. The fire started in the attached double garage. Neighbours alerted the family to the fire and the couple were able to safely exit the building.

attached garage destroyed by fire
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Crews knocked down the bulk of the fire in 20 minutes. A short in the car parked on the left side of the garage was determined to be the cause of the fire. The owner had just purchased a new electric car which was parked in the right side. Damage has been pegged between $500,000 and $700,000.

Box 690 provided rehab for the fire. Photos and video shot 30 minutes into the fire. The Wellesley Thibault aerial was on its last day of service. The township purchased a used Smeal 85’ tower which they picked up later in the day. The new aerial was used the following day for a house burn. 

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

attached garage destroyed by fire
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attached garage destroyed by fire
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Wellesley Township fire trucks at fire scene
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Wellesley Township fire truck
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attached garage destroyed by fire
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Wellesley Township fire truck
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Thibault aerial at last fire scene
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Thibault aerial at last fire scene
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Wellesley Township fire truck
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Thibault aerial at last fire scene
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Firefighters with hose line at house fire
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Here are some images taken early on during the Chicago Fire Department’s 2-11 Alarm this morning (6/9/19) at 62nd and Harlem. The fire quickly overtook several units and with companies being met by bad hydrants, the alarm was elevated to a still and box. What you can’t see from these pictures is that for each exterior unit, there was another unit that was only accessible from an interior hallway. With the fire progressing over the top of those exterior units and the roof being declared unstable, companies were forced into a defensive position. Squad 5A was positioned in the interior lot and aerial operations commenced with Tower Ladder 54 being set up on Harlem. Tower Ladder 39 was also set up but I’m not sure if they ever flowed water. The incident also led to some interesting situations like Engine 8 pumping at the corner of 61st and Harlem and a Summit engine supplying water to the Chicago incident.

massive smoke from self storage facility fire
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massive smoke from self storage facility fire
Eric Haak photo
massive smoke from self storage facility fire
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Firefighter cuts metal door at fire scene
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massive smoke from self storage facility fire
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Chicago FD Squad 5A
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Chicago FD Engine 8
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Summit FD Engine 954
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Here are some shots from a fire the other day in Detroit in the 9th Battalion @ Hazelridge and Mac Crary.

Detroits firefighters with a vacant dwelling going throughout
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Detroits firefighters with a vacant dwelling going throughout
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Detroits firefighters with a vacant dwelling going throughout
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Detroits firefighters with a vacant dwelling going throughout
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Detroits firefighters with a vacant dwelling going throughout
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Detroits firefighters with a vacant dwelling going throughout
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Woolwich Township (ON) firefighters were dispatched to a fully involved shop fire May 11th at 4:40 at 1088 Wittick Road. Floradale station reported they could see heavy fire from the station approximately 2.5 miles from the scene. Firefighters arrived to a fully involved 100’ x 30’, steel sided shop, which was attached to a large barn. Fire had extended into the barn.

Floradale pumper set up beside the barn and had their tanker drop a port-a-tank, dump their load, and drop their LDH to the road. Elmira’s pumper set up two port-a-tanks on the road for the five tankers to fill. Elmira’s aerial was at a hydrant in Elmira approximately 3.5 miles from the scene to fill tankers. Multiple lines were pulled around the structure.

The owners of the property were able to get most of the cattle from the barn. The interior crew was able to knock the fire down in the hay mow and the main floor of the barn. Crews outside cooled two large propane tanks and were able to hit the fire on the exterior of the barn. One fuel tank bled off just as I walked up to the scene.

barn fire in Woolwich Township ON
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barn fire in Woolwich Township ON
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barn fire in Woolwich Township ON
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Firefighters made a very good save on the property. No cattle were lost and the barn is still standing. One or both of the silos may need to be replaced. Damage has been pegged between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Box 690 and the Floradale Women’s Auxiliary provided rehab to the 50 firefighters on scene.

barn fire in Woolwich Township ON
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barn fire in Woolwich Township ON
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barn fire in Woolwich Township ON
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long hose lay at barn fire
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barn fire in Woolwich Township ON
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aftermath of a barn fire in Woolwich Township ON
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Woolwich stations on scene:

  • Floradale pumper, rescue, tanker (3,000 US gallons)
  • Elmira pumper, rescue, aerial, pumper-tanker (2,500 US gallons)
  • Conestogo pumper-tanker (3,000 US gallons)
  • St Jacobs tanker (3,000 US gallons)
  • Maryhill tanker (3,000 US gallons)
  • Box 690

Gary Dinkel, Box 690 Canteen

Woolwich Township FD tanker
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fire engine with lines off
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Floradale Fire Department tanker
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Woolwich Township FD tanker
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Saturday night Cicero, IL had a fire in a 3-flat apartment building at 2120 s 59th Ave. Crews did a great job and knocked it pretty quick. In total I believe they had 4 lines lead out and the main from Truck 1 was up to the roof. 

fire erupts from rear apartment window at night
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fire erupts from rear apartment window at night
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Firefighters with hose line at night fire scene
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Firefighters with hose line at night fire scene
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Firefighters om roof of fire building at night
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more photos at chicagoareafire.com

An explosion rocked northern Lake County, IL Friday evening after a massive explosion at the AB Specialties facility in Waukegan. The 3-Alarm fire included extra alarms also for EMS, HazMat, and Technical Rescue. Four employees were hospitalized, one has been confirmed dead, and two are still unaccounted for.

Fatal explosion and fire at the AB Specialty Silicones plant at 3790 Sunset Ave. in Waukegan IL 5/3/19
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Fatal explosion and fire at the AB Specialty Silicones plant at 3790 Sunset Ave. in Waukegan IL 5/3/19
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Fatal explosion and fire at the AB Specialty Silicones plant at 3790 Sunset Ave. in Waukegan IL 5/3/19
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Fatal explosion and fire at the AB Specialty Silicones plant at 3790 Sunset Ave. in Waukegan IL 5/3/19
Jeff Rudolph photo
Fatal explosion and fire at the AB Specialty Silicones plant at 3790 Sunset Ave. in Waukegan IL 5/3/19
Jeff Rudolph photo
Fatal explosion and fire at the AB Specialty Silicones plant at 3790 Sunset Ave. in Waukegan IL 5/3/19
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Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out Wellesley, St Clements, and Linwood for a barn fire at 4176 Lobsinger Line, April 29 at 17:51. St Clements reported a thermal column on route and requested St Jacobs’ tanker. The barn had had numerous additions over the years and measured approximately 200×50’ at the front, with a second section at the rear approximately 100×70’, and a third 50×50’ section added on to the middle section. The barn was mostly to the ground on arrival with a favorable strong wind blowing away from a large driving shed and harness making shop, and two large houses.

St Clements’ pump set up by the barn, running numerous lines around the structure, and feeding Wellesley’s aerial. A four-inch line was laid in from the road. The Wellesley pumper drafted from three port-a-tanks to feed St Clements’ pumper. Water was initially shuttled from nearby fire department cisterns, and then from a hydrant in St Clements. A number of cattle were removed from the barn before firefighters arrived.

170 pigs, 250 piglets, and 30 cows perished in the blaze. Damage has been set at $700,000. Box 690 provided rehab. Photos taken 35 minutes after dispatch.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

barn fire in Wellesley Township ON
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rural water supply at fire scene with portable tanks
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long hose lay at rural fire
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Mack Thibault aerial working at fire scene
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barn destroyed by fire
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Mack Thibault aerial working at fire scene
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Mack Thibault aerial working at fire scene
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Firefighters connect hose at fire scene
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barn fire in Wellesley Township ON
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Mack Thibault aerial working at fire scene
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fire engine drafting from portable tank
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Box 690 Rehab unit
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