Kitchener, Ontario fire dispatch received a call from Regional Police reporting an apartment fire in the downtown at 37 King St West at 9:38. A foot patrol officer doing a routine person stop at 41 King St W spotted the smoke. Dispatch advised responding crews they were receiving multiple calls for the fire. An additional pumper was added to the call at this time. Regional Police had the building evacuated as crews arrived on scene. P5 was first on scene reporting heavy smoke and fire showing from the third floor. P5 firefighters used a 2.5” line from the road to knock most of the fire down while lines were being pulled up to the floor. A2 and P1 went to the rear of the building. Firefighters from P1 assisted two residents from the balcony at the rear, both were treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics. The fire was knocked down very quickly, with no extension to either exposure. Photos taken 10 minutes into the fire. Box 690 provided rehab.
3-alarm fire about mid-morning on April 10th, Grosse Pointe, Michigan had a structure fire in a large, single-family dwelling. The first arriving company reported heavy smoke and fire and requested a 3rd Alarm on arrival. Responding from a distance, I thought for sure this was going to be one heck of a job. When I arrived on the scene I was suprised to see just three pieces of equipment and the fire mostly out with the exception of some residual smoke. Turned out that this was a Public Safety Department with Grosse Pointe sending a mini-pumper, Grosse Pointe Farms sending an engine and Grosse Pointe Park sending a tower ladder on a third alarm. There was heavy fire blowing out the kitchen window which was handled with the companies shown in the images. Nothing dramatic but an interesting response which I thought I would share here. Eric Haak
Here are some images taken at Chicago’s 2-11 alarm at 9650 S. Ewing Ave. 4/15/17. Apparently was a gas explosion. There were two transports and one was reported in very grave condition. Lighting was not optimal for taking pictures of the new snorkel but the pictures still give you a good idea of what the scene was like. Most of the fire load was in the rear and the snorkel was backed down the alley and placed in a vacant lot on the C/D corner. Eventually they relocated the snorkel to the front of the building and burned the roof off. There is also a short video of them setting up Squad 5A. Eric Haak
2-alarm fire in Manchester, Ct on 4/12/17 at 0354 hours. Dispatchers started receiving calls from drivers passing by on Interstate 84 reporting smoke from a building. First-due Engine 5 arrived to heavy smoke showing from a 1-story, 75 X 150 package store. Car 22 (shift commander) arrived and struck the 2nd with an additional engine and ladder above the 2nd to the fire. They went defensive right away due to the building construction and amount of smoke/fire. Mutual aid from Manchester 8th District D and East Hartford assisted at the scene.
Barrow County, GA: Just after 16:00 hours, BCES 911 Center alerted Barrow County Fire & EMS to Hwy 316 near Loganville Hwy for a multiple vehicle accident blocking all eb lanes. Barrow County fire arrived to find several vehicles involved including some off the roadway. Crews immediately began patient care and secured hazards while Barrow County Sheriff’s officers blocked all lanes for scene safety and to investigated the accident.
EB traffic was diverted onto Carol Bethlahem Road during the incident.