On Thanksgiving Day, 11/22/2018, the Lowell Fire Department (MA) was dispatched to a reported structure fire in the Highlands neighborhood of the city. First-due companies had fire showing in a two-and-a-half story, wood-frame building and quickly called for the second alarm due to the progress of the fire and exposure issues. Two exposures eventually became involved because of their proximity to the original fire building and windy conditions. A third alarm was later struck. Companies, in addition to the wind, dealt with temperatures near the single digits and icy roads.
Kitchener (ON) Fire dispatch toned out a Breslau pumper-tanker, Maryhill pumper, tanker, rescue, and Conestogo rescue for a confirmed structure fire at 138 Woolwich Street South in Breslau, 23 November 2018 at 3:45. Breslau reported they could see the fire from their hall more than a mile away. Elmira’s aerial was requested as firefighters responded to the scene. Breslau reported a large, upscale house under construction that was fully involved, with serious exposures on either side of the house. Crews pulled two lines initially to protect the exposures, a large, two-bay garage and house on the E2 side with siding already melting, and a bungalow on the E4 side with embers falling on the roof and heavy radiant heat. The nearest hydrant was approximately 1300 feet from the scene. The Maryhill tanker dropped their port-a-tank at Breslau’s pumper and shuttled water from the nearest hydrant to the south of the fire while a relay pumping operation was set up. Conestogo’s pumper tanker was requested to augment the water shuttle. Firefighters were able to save the two exposure buildings, both suffering exterior damage to siding. The fire was brought under control in an hour. Damage has been pegged at $1,000,000 and the Ontario Fire Marshal has been called to investigate. Box 690 provided rehab. Photos taken approximately 20 minutes into the fire.
Gary Dinkel, Box 690
Wheeling, IL police and firefighters were called to a parking lot at McHenry Road and Denoyer Trail Thursday night (11/22/18) for a car fire with reported entrapment. Police found one car that crashed into a tree in the parking lot of a small shopping center. There was fire in the engine compartment and an occupant had been pulled to safety by bystanders. Firefighters arrived to extinguish the fire and transport the patient to an area hospital.
This one was at Coplin & Promenade on the east side of Detroit. Early morning fire that I took in but arrived after it was knocked. E50 stretched on a 2-sty vacant with fire on the 2nd floor.
This was around midnight on W. Warren @ Scotten in Detroit. Squad 4 arrived and advised the first engine would be stretching and they had possibly two dwellings going. Engines 39 and 42 both dumped their monitors which pretty much saved the occupied dwelling to the west.