Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out Conestogo Pump 1, Tank 2, and Rescue 3, Elmira P1, Tank 2, and Rescue 4 plus Floradale Tank 2 to a possible barn fire at 6714 Middlebrook Road October 20, 2017 at 14:50. The Woolwich deputy chief advised dispatch that the farm had a burn permit and they were dismantling a barn and burning unusable wood. Dispatch advised they had received a call from the farm stating the controlled burn had jumped into wood in the foundation of the old barn and was threatening numerous other out buildings.
Responding crews reported a good loom up on route to the call. A Floradale firefighter arrived on scene first advising a large, out of control burn was threatening a driving shed, two other sheds, and a nearby house. Elmira P1 was first on scene and pulled into the driveway closest to the fire. Numerous small and large lines were pulled to protect exposures.
Conestogo’s pumper pulled into the adjacent driveway downwind of the fire and pulled one line to cool the roof of the house. Three port-a-tanks were setup to feed water to the Elmira pumper. Water was shuttled from a large pond approximately five miles from the fire.
Maryhill’s tanker was added to the call at 15:30 to augment the water supply. Center Wellington, Elora station from neighboring Wellington County arrived on scene at 16:15 with a pumper and tanker. They had been dispatched for a possible brush fire in the area. They dropped their 3,000 US gallon load and returned to base. Firefighters were able to save two sheds and house. A small building immediately beside the barn was well involved on arrival and couldn’t be saved.
Box 690 provided rehab. I left on the dispatch for the fire that was 15 miles from my residence. Shots were taken approximately 20 minutes into the call.
firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a barn fire at 6714 Middlebrook Road October 20, 2017. Gary Dinkel photo