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DATELINE UNION CITY MICHIGAN DATE 8-8-2020 1ST ALARM AT 300 JOHN STREET CROSS STREET AT HAMMOND STREET 1ST ALARM AT 10:10 B/O/O BRANCH COUNTY DISPATCH 1ST ALARM COMPANIES RESPONDING UNION CITY MICHIGAN RESCUE ENGINE 5-31 & PUMPER TANKER 4-61 AUTO AID {TO FILL OUT THE 1ST ALARM} AT 10:15 B/O/O CALHOUN COUNTY CENTRAL DISPATCH COMPANIES RESPONDING BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP ENGINE 6-31

house fire in Union City MI
Matthew Sosnowski photo
house fire in Union City MI
Matthew Sosnowski photo
house fire in Union City MI
Matthew Sosnowski photo
house fire in Union City MI
Matthew Sosnowski photo
house fire in Union City MI
Matthew Sosnowski photo
house fire in Union City MI
Matthew Sosnowski photo

Cambridge (ON) firefighters that had been at the Linden fire were busy cleaning their trucks and looking forward to dinner plus some much needed rest. Dispatch toned out P 31, 35, Tanker 31, and spare P 38 for a trailer in an attached garage and two houses on fire at 74 Rouse Ave at 17:30. Tanker 31 arrived on scene and confirmed they had a trailer in a garage, and two houses fully involved. All firefighting was defensive from the start.

A 34 cleared the Lindon call and responded to Rouse Ave. There was heavy fire in the rear of both structures with fire through the roof. A 34 setup their aerial, and firefighters pulled numerous lines around the building. It took more than an hour to knock the fire down. Two firefighters were transported to a hospital with heat exhaustion. Damage has been set at $1.5 million.

Photos taken by Box 690 member Dave Westwood who responded to the call from the Linden fire. Photos and video start approximately 20 minutes into the fire. Box 690 served over 200 drinks at this fire, making it a very busy day for the eight members that assisted at both fires.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

aftermath of house fire
Dave Westwood photo
aftermath of house fire
Dave Westwood photo
aftermath of house fire
Dave Westwood photo
Cambridge ON fire truck
Dave Westwood photo
Cambridge ON fire truck
Dave Westwood photo

On 7/27/2020, Quincy Fire Alarm dispatched companies to a reported fire in the rear of a home on Hanna Street. On arrival companies found the entire rear of the building on fire with flames threatening exposures. A second alarm was struck immediately, bringing additional Quincy companies to the scene. Crews fought the fire defensively and requested a third and eventually a fourth alarm due to the location of the fire building and heat index which was hovering around 100 degrees. Milton, Boston, and Braintree provided assistance at the scene. More photos can be found here:

Sean Fesko/911 ERV

4-Alarm fire in Quincy, MA
Sean Fesko/911 ERV
4-Alarm fire in Quincy, MA
Sean Fesko/911 ERV
Firefighters in PPE at house fire
Sean Fesko/911 ERV
4-Alarm fire in Quincy, MA
Sean Fesko/911 ERV

 

July 27 was a busy day for Cambridge Ontario firefighters. The temperature was 39 C (102 F) with the humidity factored in.  Fire dispatch toned out Pump 33, 32, 31, Aerial 36, Rescue 31, and Car 323 for smoke coming from the windows of a townhouse at 220 Linden Drive at 14:02. P 33 reported heavy smoke coming from a row of townhouses on arrival. Firefighters pulled numerous attack lines to fight the fire and A 36 setup their tower.

Firefighters in Canada at house fire scene
Gary Dinkel photo

The fire spread to 216 and 224 through the attic. Crews were pulled from the structure early to go defensive. Command requested A 34 to the scene and had them setup in front of P 33. The hot day was taking its toll on firefighters and Cambridge’s last truck, P 35 was requested to the scene. Two off-duty crews were called in to staff Tanker 31 and spare P 38. Ayr sent a pumper to stand by in the south end of the city, and Kitchener was put on standby.

Firefighters in Canada at house fire scene
Gary Dinkel photo

One firefighter was taken to hospital with heat exhaustion. The bulk of the fire in the attic was knocked down two hours after arrival. Crews reentered 220 to knock down visible fire at the front of the unit. Once they extinguished the fire, command started to release some units around 16:40. Damage has been set at $1.5 million dollars but could be higher. The Ontario Fire Marshall was called in to assist Cambridge Fire Prevention in determining the cause. Box 690 provided rehab serving over 200 drinks at the fire. Photos taken 20 minutes into the call.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690