barn fire in Woolwhich Township Ontario

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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.

Gary Dinkel

Box 690

firefighters with deluge gun at barn fire

firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a barn fire at 6714 Middlebrook Road October 20, 2017. Gary Dinkel photo

firefighters draft water from a pone

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Woolwich Township, Elmire station fire engine

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Centre Wellington fire engine

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Centre Wellington fire tender

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portable tanks with water at fire scene

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Woolwich Township, Maryhill station fire tender in Canada

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firefighters with hose line at barn fire

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American LaFrance Metropolitan pumper in Canada

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Woolwich Township Floradale fire tender

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remnants of barn fire in Canada

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Woolwich Township Elmire station rescue unit

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Woolwich Township Conestogo rescue squad

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fire engine drafts from portable tanks

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American LaFrance Metropolitan pumper in Canada

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firefighters with hose line at barn fire

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firefighters with deluge gun at barn fire

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Kitchener fire dispatch received a 911 call reporting a barn on fire on Shantz Station Road near Vance Road in Woolwich Township, Ontario, March 2 2016 at 12:30. Breslau, Maryhill, Conestogo, and St Jacobs were dispatched to the call. Dispatch updated units on route that they had a call from the Regional Airport tower, located just west of the scene, reporting a barn and possibly house on fire.

Maryhill district chief reported a large loom up on the way to the call and requested Elmira’s tanker to the scene. Breslau’s pumper tanker arrived on scene reporting a fully involved building with a small barn and house as serious exposures. Firefighters pulled numerous 1.5” and a 2.5” lines to fight the fire and protect exposures. Maryhill’s pumper set up on the road for tanker operations and relay pumping to Breslau’s pumper.

The house caught fire due to radiant heat, but crews were able to knock it down quickly. More than 30 firefighters worked for two hours before knocking the fire down. Woolwich firefighters made a very good save at this fire. The barn had minimal damage, and the rear section of the home can be repaired. The main section of the century old home was saved with no damage. Box 690 provided rehab for the call. The first photo was shot before crews pulled their first line.

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firefighters battle barn fire in the winter

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firefighters battle barn fire in the winter

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firefighters battle barn fire in the winter

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firefighters battle barn fire in the winter

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rural water supply tanker shuttle at fire scene

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rural water supply tanker shuttle at fire scene

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firefighters protect exposure during fire

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firemen with hose douse hot spots after fire

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Freightliner fire truck in Canada

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Freightliner fire truck in Canada

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rural water supply tanker shuttle at fire scene

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KME fire truck in Canada

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Freightliner fire truck in Canada

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Spartan fire truck in Canada

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firefighter removes propane tanks from fire scene

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car parts melted from radiant heat of fire

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Kitchener (Ontario) dispatch toned out a full response for St Jacobs and Conestogo, and Elmira’s tanker for a possible barn fire at 1045 Benjamin Road June 17 at 18:36. The call was updated minutes later to a confirmed fire with a small explosion. Floradale’s tanker was added to the call at this time.

A St Jacobs captain arrived on scene and reported the large barn was fully-involved.  The barn was approximately 120 x 60’ with a 50 x 50’ addition on the E2 – E3 corner of the barn. St Jacobs pumper set up beside the house and pulled three 2.5” lines and two 1.5” lines to protect exposures and attack the fire. Three port-a-tanks were set up beside the pumper.

A small shed 15 feet from the barn on the E1- E4 corner contained three skids with 500 gallon ethanol tanks. The first 2.5” line was pulled to cool the tanks. All firefighting was defensive. Waterloo’s tanker was requested to the call to supplement water. This was the first tanker fire call for the truck which went in service in January. Water was shuttled from a hydrant in Waterloo, approximately 2.5 miles from the scene.

A back hoe was used to pull the barn apart to get to hot spots. The fire was under control at 22:00. Fifty firefighters were on scene battling the fire on this very humid hot night. The Region missed the severe weather that hit Southern Ontario Tuesday, including a tornado which hit Angus. The cause of the $250,000 fire was incorrect mixing of fuels to make bio fuel. He was mixing old vegetable oil with methanol and potassium hydroxide.

Box 690 Canteen was on scene five hours providing rehab. Crews consumed 186 drinks, 285 snacks (including very popular freezies) and 12 XL pizza’s.

Gary Dinkel

Box 690

barn destroyed by fire

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barn destroyed by fire

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firefighters with hose at barn fire

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chemicals removed from shed at fire scene

Ethanol tanks being removed from storage shed. Gary Dinkel photo, Box 690

pumper tanker at fire scene

Floradale’s tanker discharging 2,500 Imperial gallons (3,000 US gallons). Gary Dinkel photo, Box 690

firefighters in Canada rehab at fire scene on hot day

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Pierce pumper tanker at fire scene

Waterloo’s Pierce 2,500 Imperial gallon tanker. First tanker call for truck. Gary Dinkel photo, Box 690

Spartan pumper tanker at fire scene

Elmira’s 2,000 Imperial gallon tanker. Gary Dinkel photo, Box 690

rural water supply at fire scene

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