Firefighters from all three Wellesley Township (ON) stations participated in a house burn June 8, 2019 on Lobsinger Line. The house was owned by a Linwood firefighter who had purchased the farm and is building a new home on property. Firefighters had a good day to use their new Smeal tower which had been picked up the day before. The property had a pond approximately 800 feet from the house.
St Clements pumper set up at the pond to feed the Wellesley pumper and tower. The clear cool day had an east wind which was unusual for the area. The normal wind comes out of the west. Firefighters rotated going up in the bucket and running the new quint. Crews were very happy with the new truck.
Gary Dinkel, Box 690
Fire dispatch toned out Wellesley, Linwood, and St Clements for a confirmed garage fire at 74 Parkview Drive, June 7 2019 at 5:35. A Wellesley pumper arrived to a fully involved house fire with the siding on the E4 exposure melting.
Multiple lines were pulled to attack the fire and protect the exposure. Linwood picked up a hydrant on the way in to feed the Wellesley pumper, and a St Clements pumper picked up a hydrant from the north end and pulled multiple lines. The fire started in the attached double garage. Neighbours alerted the family to the fire and the couple were able to safely exit the building.
Crews knocked down the bulk of the fire in 20 minutes. A short in the car parked on the left side of the garage was determined to be the cause of the fire. The owner had just purchased a new electric car which was parked in the right side. Damage has been pegged between $500,000 and $700,000.
Box 690 provided rehab for the fire. Photos and video shot 30 minutes into the fire. The Wellesley Thibault aerial was on its last day of service. The township purchased a used Smeal 85’ tower which they picked up later in the day. The new aerial was used the following day for a house burn.
Gary Dinkel, Box 690
Here are some images taken early on during the Chicago Fire Department’s 2-11 Alarm this morning (6/9/19) at 62nd and Harlem. The fire quickly overtook several units and with companies being met by bad hydrants, the alarm was elevated to a still and box. What you can’t see from these pictures is that for each exterior unit, there was another unit that was only accessible from an interior hallway. With the fire progressing over the top of those exterior units and the roof being declared unstable, companies were forced into a defensive position. Squad 5A was positioned in the interior lot and aerial operations commenced with Tower Ladder 54 being set up on Harlem. Tower Ladder 39 was also set up but I’m not sure if they ever flowed water. The incident also led to some interesting situations like Engine 8 pumping at the corner of 61st and Harlem and a Summit engine supplying water to the Chicago incident.
more photos at Chicagoareafire.com