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Bensenville (IL) firefighters responded to an automatic fire alarm on the morning of 11/19/17 around 6:15AM at 361 Marshall Road. Within minutes they received multiple calls reporting fire in the building. Arriving police officers advised flames from the window of a third floor unit.

Flames swept through the mansard roof and into the attic. The alarm was upgraded to a Box Alarm and later a 2nd Alarm was struck. After the fire jumped a fire wall, the fire was upgraded to a 3rd Alarm . Elevated master streams from Bensenville Truck 107, Leyden Quint 133, and Chicago Squad 7A were deployed in addition to several large hand lines after companies were pulled out of the building. One resident was unaccounted for and later discovered deceased as companies went inside to overhaul.

flames shoot from apartment building

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flames shoot from apartment building

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heavy smoke at fire scene

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fire trucks at fire scene

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heavy smoke at fire scene

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Chicago FD Squad 7A at work

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heavy smoke at fire scene

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heavy smoke at fire scene

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Chicago firefighters in squad basket

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heavy smoke from building fire with fire trucks

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Chicago FD Squad 7A Rosenbauer ACP-55 Snorkel

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massive fire scene with fire trucks

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Bensenville FD Truck 107 E-ONE Cyclone HO100 quint

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heavy smoke from building fire with fire trucks

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Chicago FD Squad 7A Rosenbauer ACP-55 Snorkel

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Cambridge, Ontario Pump 1, Aerial 2, Tanker 1, Rescue 1, and Car 6 were dispatched for a house fire at 6571 Ellis Road November 27 2017 at 2:30. A smoke detector alerted the resident who was able to get out safely with his dog. Cambridge covers this portion of Wellington County under contract. A2 arrived on scene reporting a fully involved bungalow with no exposures. A2 pulled into the driveway and pulled multiple lines. Puslinch fire was dispatched to the scene once Cambridge reported the working fire.

Port-a-tanks were set up on the road and water was relayed into A2. Puslinch responded with two pumpers, two tankers, a 75’ quint, and a heavy rescue. Two additional tankers were requested from Rockwood fire. Water was shuttled from a hydrant in Cambridge approximately a mile and a half from the scene. Firefighters worked for over an hour to knock the fire down.

Photos were taken 40 minutes into the incident. Box 690 provided rehab. This was the second time in a week that we had back to back serious fires. This was our third fire in less than 12 hours having done a kitchen fire in Waterloo the previous afternoon, and a Wellesley fire later in the evening.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

firefighters battle house fire

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firefighters battle house fire

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firefighters battle house fire

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firefighters battle house fire

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firefighters battle house fire

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firefighters battle house fire

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Canadian firefighters shuttle water to fight house fire

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fire engine at fire scene in Canada

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Cambridge ON P1, P2 A3, A4, R1, and Car 6 were dispatched to a possible fire on Sheffield Street November 20, 2017 at 13:50. Pump 2 reported smoke visible just after they left their hall two blocks from the fire. Heavy black smoke pushing from cracks and windows greeted firefighters as they arrived. All firefighting was defensive from the start. The building was brick with a truss roof measuring approximately 300 x 200’. The warehouse was used to store recycled cardboard and paper, plastic auto parts, acetone, and unknown chemicals. Fire was through the roof at the BC corner within 20 minutes of arrival and five minutes later part of the wall collapsed.

Both aerials were set up, and multiple 2.5” lines and monitors were deployed. Regional Police were asked to evacuate businesses downwind of the fire. Area residents were instructed to shelter in place and close all windows. Command was concerned with the runoff from the fire. City public works employees diked storm sewers as best they could to try to prevent runoff from flowing into the Speed River 300 feet away. Reserve A33 responded to the scene with overtime crews at 16:30. Additional firefighters were called in to staff the tanker and spare pumper.

The fire eventually spread through the entire building. All three aerials were used to fight the fire. There were numerous collapses over the next few hours. Heavy fire continued to burn throughout the building all night.

9-1-1 lines int the City of Guelph, 17 miles north west of Cambridge, were jammed with people phoning in to report the smell of acrid smoke in the area. A backhoe was brought in to start pulling the remaining walls down to allow firefighters to get at numerous hot spots throughout the building. Firefighters were still on scene as of 19:30 November 22 as I typed this report.

Cambridge Fire Prevention is working with the Ontario Fire Marshall to look for the cause of the $1,000,000 fire. Box 690 provided rehab for the first ten hours of the fire and was back on scene the next day topping up supplies. Cambridge had a small garage fire during this incident as well as a two serious auto accidents; one involving a patient being flown out on air ambulance. I arrived on scene 20 minutes after the dispatch. I got home at 2:00 and was back on the road 30 minutes later to a large shed fire in Wellesley Township on Road 116, 21 miles from our hall.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Kitchener (ON) P3, P2, A2, R1, and Car 23 were dispatched to smoke coming from 15 Perkell Place November 14, 2017, at 12:26. P3 arrived first reporting smoke showing. Captain P3 reported heavy fire in the basement after doing a 360. Car 23 requested an additional pumper to the scene after hearing the size up. Firefighters tried to make entry to the basement but had to pull out due to untenable conditions. A piercing nozzle was used at the front door to knock most of the fire down. Shots were taken approximately 12 minutes after crews arrived. Box 690 provided rehab.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Kitchener Ontario house fire scene

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Kitchener Ontario fire truck

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Kitchener Ontario house fire scene

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Kitchener Ontario house fire scene

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Kitchener Ontario house fire scene

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firefighters change SCBA bottles on scene

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Kitchener Ontario house fire scene

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Kitchener Ontario house fire scene

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Kitchener Ontario house fire scene

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Kitchener Ontario fire truck

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Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out a full response from Conestogo and Maryhill plus a St Jacobs tanker for a chicken coup fire at 1492 Maple Bend Road, November 8 2017 at 20:20. A Maryhill deputy chief arrived on scene and reported a working fire in a small shed. The 20×40’ shed had a wood furnace on one side with totes of wood, and a storage shed on the other side. Conestogo pumper set up in the laneway for drafting and firefighters pulled a 2.5” line and split it into two 1.5” lines to attack the fire. Water was shuttled from a pond just down the road from the fire. The steel roof caved in 10 minutes after firefighters arrived on scene. I arrived as the roof collapsed approximately 20 minutes into the fire. Crews were on scene for a few hours pulling what was left of the building apart to get to hot spots. Box 690 provided rehab.

Gary Dinkel

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shed fire in Canada

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shed fire in Canada

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shed fire in Canada

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shed fire in Canada

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shed fire in Canada

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shed fire in Canada

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shed fire in Canada

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shed fire in Canada

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TUESDAY 10-31-2017 DATELINE CITY OF FLINT MICHIGAN

A 1ST ALARM FOR A RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE FIRE IN THE 1000 BLOCK OF PETTIBONE STREET @ FENTON ROAD 1ST ALARM @ 01:01 HOURS B/O/O GENESSEE COUNTY CENTRAL DISPATCH OR FIRE MAIN COMPANIES RESPONDING TASKFORCE 8 {CONSISTING OF CITY OF FLINT ENGINE 81 GENESSEE TOWNSHIP STATION 2 ENGINE 21 GAINES TOWNSHIP SQUAD 16} + TASKFORCE 1 {CONSISTING OF CITY OF FLINT TRUCK {QUINT} 15 CITY OF FLINT HEAVY RESCUE SQUAD 1 CITY OF FLINT DISTRICT COMMANDER {BATTALION CHIEF} MOUNT MORRIS STATION 1 ENGINE 37-E-11} Matthew Sosnowski photos

vacant house burns in Flint MI

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vacant house burns in Flint MI

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vacant house burns in Flint MI

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vacant house burns in Flint MI

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vacant house burns in Flint MI

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Flint fire engine at night engulfed in smoke

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firefighter silhouette against fire

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firefighters battle house fire at night

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firefighters battle house fire at night

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vacant house burns in Flint MI

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