02/08/19 West Haven, CT – A long vacant dwelling at 24-26 Richards Pl. was the scene of a wind driven fire in a neighborhood filled with blocks of vacant dwellings. Firefighters had access problems due to the street being blocked off by barriers. High winds rapidly spread the flames throughout the vacant dwelling. An exposure was severely threatened prompting a second alarm to be transmitted. Firefighters went to work using multiple two and a half hand lines, multi-versals, and an aerial to darken down and stop the spread of the fire. The fire took about forty five minutes to bring under control. The cause is being investigated by the fire marshal.

heavy flames and smoke from house on fire at night
Glenn Duda photo
heavy flames and smoke from house on fire at night
Glenn Duda photo

2-24-19:

Chicago FD Ambulance 77 reported smoke from the roof of a 3-sty building at 1838 S. St. Louis 2/24/19. The Main Fire Alarm Office filled it out and gave the 14th Battalion a working fire right away. Engine 38 arrived and had heavy fire showing from a 3-sty brick, three-flat in the rear, extending to the exposure to the south. Battalion 14 boxed it shortly after his arrival. Chicago was experiencing very high winds gusting upwards of 50MPH. After trying to make the 3rd floor, the chief pulled all companies out of the building to regroup. Multiple handlines were dropped from 38 and 109. I believe that the 2-11 was requested for manpower.   A full gallery can be found here

flames burn through third floor of house
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flames burn through third floor of house
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Chicago FD Engine 38
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Chicago Firefighters at fire scene
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Chicago FD Truck 48
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Chicago Firefighters after battling a fire
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three-flat fire in Chicago
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aftermath of fire scene
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Cambridge (ON) fire dispatch received a 9-1-1 call for fire in a large industrial complex February 22, 2019 at 19:25. A3, P1, A6, P2, R1, and Car 6 were dispatched on the first alarm. A3 arrived on scene reporting light smoke showing from a middle unit of a 225 x 60’ industrial building. The fire had a good hold of the roof. The roof was steel on top and bottom and had multiple layers of asphalt from repairs and new roofs added to the building over the years.

Both aerials and multiple hand lines were pulled to attack the fire as firefighters did what they could to peel the roofing off to get at the fire. The roof was buckling, so no firefighters were allowed near the seat of the fire. Trench cuts were made to stop the fire from spreading to adjacent units. This was a very stubborn fire. Overtime crews were called in to staff spare apparatus. All six stations and the overtime crews were rotated to the scene to fight the fire. The fire was not declared out until 8:25 the following morning after a lot of hard word. Box 690 provided rehab at the fire. Photos and video taken two hours into the fire.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Cambridge ON fire trucks at work
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industrial fire scene in Cambridge ON
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Kitchener (ON) Fire dispatch toned out P4, P3, A1, and Car 23 for a possible fire at 155 Kinzie Ave February 21, 2019 at 10:30. Responding crews were updated by police that there was heavy smoke in the building. P7 was added to the call at this point as R1 was out of service doing ice water rescue training. P4 arrived on scene with nothing visible, but quickly changed to smoke showing from the main floor. Two lines were pulled to the side door to attack the fire. The first line in worked on the main floor, and the second line went upstairs. There was very little fire, as it had mostly burned itself out. Regional Police and Kitchener fire prevention are investigating the cause of the suspicious fire. Photos and video shot a couple of minutes after crews arrived. Box 690 provided rehab for the fire. 

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

fire scene in Kitchener ON
Gary Dinkel photo
fire scene in Kitchener ON
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fire scene in Kitchener ON
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fire scene in Kitchener ON
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Kitchener FD Pump 7
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Kitchener fire trucks
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Kitchener FD Pump 4
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Kitchener (ON) Fire dispatch toned out Floradale for a possible fire at 7098 Side Road 5 in Wellington County February 26, 2019, at 8:26. Floradale (Waterloo County) covers this area on contract for first response. A Floradale captain who lives less than a mile from the fire was on scene before any trucks left the hall. He reported a thermal column on approach and asked for a pumper and tanker from Elmira, and a tanker from St Jacobs. Half a minute later he confirmed they had a wood shop fully involved with two exposures.

winter house fire scene in Canada
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Centre Wellington FD KME heavy rescue squad
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Centre Wellington’s other station in Fergus was dispatched once the new report was relayed to responding firefighters. Water was shuttled from a pond located at a business just up the road from the fire. Five tankers were used in the relay. Numerous small and large lines were pulled to fight the fire enabling firefighters to protect the exposures.

The pond was drained after two hours of use, so Elmira’s pumper set up at a hydrant in Elmira to fill trucks. The hydrant on the north end of town was approximately five miles from the scene. Woolwich firefighters cleared the scene just before noon, Centre Wellington remained on scene until 14:00.

A high hoe was brought in to pull the building down to get at hot spots. Box 690 provided rehab to the 40 firefighters on scene. Photos and video taken 40 minutes into the call.

Firefighters battle winter house fire
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house destroyed by fire
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Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Units on scene

Woolwich Township

Floradale Pumper, tanker (3,000 US gallons), rescue

Elmira Pumper, tanker (2,500 US gallons), crew stayed at station to staff rescue and 95’ quint 

St Jacobs Tanker (3,000 US gallons)

Box 690 stationed in Kitchener at Station 5

Centre Wellington

Elora Pumper, Tanker (3,000 US gallons), 75’ quint

Fergus Pumper, tanker (3,000 US gallons) rescue

Sunday (2/25) was an intensely windy day in the Chicago area which made for difficult firefighting conditions. The second 2-11 alarm for Chicago on this day was at 88th Street and Commercial Avenue and started in a pizza parlor that had occupied that address since the 1950’s. The fire was reported to have started in the rear of the structure and heavy winds blowing across from the west quickly escalated the incident. Eric Haak

massive smoke and flames from commercial building fire in Chicago
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smoke and flames from commercial building fire in Chicago
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smoke and flames from commercial building fire in Chicago
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Chicago FD Engine 72 flows deck gun
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commercial building fire with smoke and flames
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Chicago FD Squad 5A
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smoke and flames from commercial building fire in Chicago
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Chicago FD Squad 5A
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Chicago FD Squad 5A
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smoke and flames from commercial building fire in Chicago
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dual Chicago FD tower ladder buckets with master streams
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