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Cambridge ON P1, P2 A3, A4, R1, and Car 6 were dispatched to a possible fire on Sheffield Street November 20, 2017 at 13:50. Pump 2 reported smoke visible just after they left their hall two blocks from the fire. Heavy black smoke pushing from cracks and windows greeted firefighters as they arrived. All firefighting was defensive from the start. The building was brick with a truss roof measuring approximately 300 x 200’. The warehouse was used to store recycled cardboard and paper, plastic auto parts, acetone, and unknown chemicals. Fire was through the roof at the BC corner within 20 minutes of arrival and five minutes later part of the wall collapsed.

Both aerials were set up, and multiple 2.5” lines and monitors were deployed. Regional Police were asked to evacuate businesses downwind of the fire. Area residents were instructed to shelter in place and close all windows. Command was concerned with the runoff from the fire. City public works employees diked storm sewers as best they could to try to prevent runoff from flowing into the Speed River 300 feet away. Reserve A33 responded to the scene with overtime crews at 16:30. Additional firefighters were called in to staff the tanker and spare pumper.

The fire eventually spread through the entire building. All three aerials were used to fight the fire. There were numerous collapses over the next few hours. Heavy fire continued to burn throughout the building all night.

9-1-1 lines int the City of Guelph, 17 miles north west of Cambridge, were jammed with people phoning in to report the smell of acrid smoke in the area. A backhoe was brought in to start pulling the remaining walls down to allow firefighters to get at numerous hot spots throughout the building. Firefighters were still on scene as of 19:30 November 22 as I typed this report.

Cambridge Fire Prevention is working with the Ontario Fire Marshall to look for the cause of the $1,000,000 fire. Box 690 provided rehab for the first ten hours of the fire and was back on scene the next day topping up supplies. Cambridge had a small garage fire during this incident as well as a two serious auto accidents; one involving a patient being flown out on air ambulance. I arrived on scene 20 minutes after the dispatch. I got home at 2:00 and was back on the road 30 minutes later to a large shed fire in Wellesley Township on Road 116, 21 miles from our hall.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Cambridge, Ontario firefighters were dispatched to a confirmed structure fire October 2, 2017 at 16:30. The fire was located at 145 Vanier Road in the south end of town. The area is rural with no hydrants, so the tanker was dispatched with four of the five stations. North Dumfries’ tanker was requested on mutual aid to augment the water supply. The call came in as a fully-involved, large shed full of wood. Crews reported a good loom-up on route. I could see the smoke from Kitchener 15 miles away. P5 arrived with flames 25-35 feet in the air with grass fires around the structure. Two lines were pulled to attack the grass fires first then work on the building. The fire was started by an ember from an unattended fire. The owner was burning scrap wood to clean up his property. The 20 x 70’ shed was packed with cut pine wood. The first photo was taken by our Cambridge Canteen member Rick Maguire, approximately 20 minutes into the fire. The balance of the shots were taken when I arrived 35 minutes into the call. Box 690 provided rehab.

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aftermath of a large shed fire

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Firefighters rehab at fire scene

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Cambridge FD HME fire truck at scene

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Firefighters douse remnants of a fire

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Few shots from an accident July 10, 2017 in Cambridge Ontario. A car ran into a gas meter on the side of a house. The accident cracked a pipe and a fire started on impact. Firefighters used two 1.75” lines on fog to move in and shut the gas meter off. There was no extension into the house. Box 690 provided rehab.

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Cambridge ON firefighters on scene

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 Cambridge, Ontario firefighters responded to 16 Lisbon Pines Drive for a house fire May 8 2017. The two-story townhouse was fully involved on arrival. The fire was contained to the unit of origin due to good firefighting and the fire wall doing its job. I had just left the Ontario Fire Chiefs Convention trade show in Toronto with two other Box 690 members when the fire was dispatched. Another member of Box 690 provided rehab before we arrived on scene. The photos were taken approximately an hour and twenty minutes into the call.

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Cambridge Ontario fire scene

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Cambridge Ontario fire scene

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Cambridge Ontario fire scene

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Cambridge Ontario fire scene

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Cambridge, Ontario firefighters were dispatched to a confirmed structure fire at 172 Melran Drive March 12, 2017 at 14:15. Dispatch advised responding firefighters that she was receiving multiple calls for the fire. P2 arrived on scene reporting a well-involved house, and a defensive attack to start. Nineteen firefighters were on scene from four stations. The fire was knocked down in 20 minutes, with overhaul lasting another hour. Box 690 provided rehab. Shots taken 20 minutes into the fire.

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townhouse fire in Canada

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firefighter with hose line at house fire

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American LaFrance fire engine at fire scene

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female firefighter in Canada

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female firefighter in Canada

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Cambridge Ontario firefighters responded to 205 Beverly St Friday February 24 at 13:10. Firefighters have fought numerous fires at this building over the years. The abandoned building is used by the homeless. The building was heavily charged with smoke on arrival. A small fire was found in the building after searching the maze of small rooms with a thermal imaging camera. Photos taken during overhaul, fifty minutes in to the call. Box 690 provided rehab.

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Cambridge, Ontario fire dispatch received a 911 call for a house fire at 155 Samuelson Street 15 December 2016 at 10:00. Four of the five Cambridge stations responded to the older, two-story, semi-detached house. P5 arrived on scene with smoke showing. Firefighters reported heavy fire on the first floor at the rear of the house.

Dispatch reported there could be a person inside the home. P5 firefighters performed a primary search while A1 pulled attack lines to fight the fire. A steady 30 mph wind and 11 degree Fahrenheit temperature made for tough slugging for firefighters. The bulk of the fire was knocked down in 20 minutes but the fire traveled up the walls and spread to the second floor and through the roof around the chimney.

The adjoining house had extension through the wall beside the chimney which ran up the middle of the two houses. The fire was declared out around noon after a lot of cold strenuous overhaul. Box 690 provided rehab. Shots taken approximately an hour into the call, after a very slow drive from Kitchener in whiteout conditions on rural roads. Damage has been pegged at $250,000.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

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winter fire scene in Cambridge

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