Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out Wellesley, St Clements, and Linwood for a barn fire at 4176 Lobsinger Line, April 29 at 17:51. St Clements reported a thermal column on route and requested St Jacobs’ tanker. The barn had had numerous additions over the years and measured approximately 200×50’ at the front, with a second section at the rear approximately 100×70’, and a third 50×50’ section added on to the middle section. The barn was mostly to the ground on arrival with a favorable strong wind blowing away from a large driving shed and harness making shop, and two large houses.

St Clements’ pump set up by the barn, running numerous lines around the structure, and feeding Wellesley’s aerial. A four-inch line was laid in from the road. The Wellesley pumper drafted from three port-a-tanks to feed St Clements’ pumper. Water was initially shuttled from nearby fire department cisterns, and then from a hydrant in St Clements. A number of cattle were removed from the barn before firefighters arrived.

170 pigs, 250 piglets, and 30 cows perished in the blaze. Damage has been set at $700,000. Box 690 provided rehab. Photos taken 35 minutes after dispatch.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

barn fire in Wellesley Township ON
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rural water supply at fire scene with portable tanks
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long hose lay at rural fire
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Mack Thibault aerial working at fire scene
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barn destroyed by fire
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Mack Thibault aerial working at fire scene
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Mack Thibault aerial working at fire scene
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Firefighters connect hose at fire scene
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barn fire in Wellesley Township ON
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Mack Thibault aerial working at fire scene
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fire engine drafting from portable tank
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Box 690 Rehab unit
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Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch received multiple calls for a house fire at 116 Kingswood Drive April 24 at 2:40. P11, P15, A11, R11, and Car 123 were dispatched on the first alarm. P14 was added to the assignment due to multiple phone calls. Crews arrived to heavy fire through the roof of a six-unit townhouse complex. P11 pulled in from the Kingswood side of the building and had A11 set up their aerial on Alpine Road. P11 and A11 both caught hydrants.

Multiple lines were pulled to fight the fire. The fire appeared to start under the car port and spread up the wall to two units. One resident was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The fire stop between units E and D did its job preventing the fire from spreading into the other four units. Heavy fire was knocked down in 20 minutes, with overhaul lasting 1.5 hours. Damage has been pegged at $500,000. The Ontario Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the fire with Kitchener Fire Prevention officers. Box 690 provided rehab, photos taken 25 minutes into the fire.   

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Kitchener Firefighters at townhouse fire
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Kitchener Firefighters at townhouse fire
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night fire scene
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night fire scene
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Saturday (4/27/29) at 44th & Vincennes in Chicago. It looked to me like the fire was on 2 floors in a concealed space. Not much to see but a few decent images of a typical operation. All of the trucks seemed to be in spares.

Steve Redick

scene of an apartment building fire in Chicago
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Chicago FD Engine 45
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Firefighters pulling hose at a fire
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Chicago FD Seagrave aerial at work-edit
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Firefighter at fire scene
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Firefighters raising a ground ladder
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fire hydrant with hose attached
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spare Chicago FD Seagrave aerial at fire scene
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Fire destroyed a commercial building belonging to Kellenberger Plumbing at 37W507 Big Timber Road in unincorporated Elgin, IL – the Rutland-Dundee Township FPD 4/24/19.

Kellenberger Plumbing fire
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Kellenberger Plumbing fire
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Kellenberger Plumbing fire
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Kellenberger Plumbing fire
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Kellenberger Plumbing fire
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more photos and a video at chicagoareafire.com

Cambridge, (ON) P31, P35, A33, A34, R31, and Car 323 were dispatched to a structure fire at 201 Beverly St April 24 at 9:55. P35 reported they could see heavy smoke while responding to the fire. P35 arrived on scene reporting a large vacant building with heavy fire on the C – D side of the building extending from the first floor to the roof of the building.

Due to multiple previous fires at the former Joy Manufacturing building, all firefighting was defensive. There were holes in floors and needles throughout the structure. Police reported 12 homeless individuals were known to be living in the building.

Firefighters laid in from two hydrants to A34 and P35. A34 set up their aerial to attack the fire in the roof, while P35 pulled numerous lines to the rear of the plant. A33, a 60’ quint was replaced by A36, a 110’ platform which could reach the roof to pull off the fiberglass siding. Two piercing nozzles where used on the D side to get at the stubborn fire.

The fire was declared under control two hours after arrival. Primary and secondary searches where completed once the visibility in the building allowed firefighters safe access. Damage was set at $200,000. Box 690 provided rehab, photos taken 30 minutes into the fire. 

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

vacant warehouse fire in Cambridge ON
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Cambridge ON FD Pierce fire truck
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vacant warehouse fire in Cambridge ON
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vacant warehouse fire in Cambridge ON
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vacant warehouse fire in Cambridge ON
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vacant warehouse fire in Cambridge ON
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vacant warehouse fire in Cambridge ON
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vacant warehouse fire in Cambridge ON
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vacant warehouse fire in Cambridge ON
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vacant warehouse fire in Cambridge ON
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vacant warehouse fire in Cambridge ON
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vacant warehouse fire in Cambridge ON
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Cambridge FD (ON) platoon commander
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On April 19th, 2019, the Lawrence FD (MA) was dispatched to a reported fire on Brookfield Street. Responding companies had heavy smoke showing while en route and struck the working fire. A second and third alarm were struck shortly after arrival due to heavy fire and exposure issues. The vacant house had originally been involved in the September 2018 gas explosions and suffered a collapse of the roof and alpha side wall. At one point, an ember from the fire set a building across the street ablaze. Companies stretched one line and knocked that fire down quickly. Both fires were brought under control in about an hour, although companies remained on scene well after that to chase down hot spots and overhaul.

3-Alarm fire in Lawrence MA
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3-Alarm fire in Lawrence MA
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3-Alarm fire in Lawrence MA
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