Waterloo (ON) P1, P3, A1, and Car 23 were dispatched to a confirmed fire at 515 Conestoga Road January 6, 2018 at 21:50. Waterloo Regional Police responded to the building for a burglar alarm and discovered the fire. Car 23 had P4 added to the call as P3 was down one firefighter from a med call. P3 arrived and reported they had smoke coming from the large building and requested P1 pick up a hydrant on the way in. Firefighters pulled a 2.5” line and went into the building to attack the fire. A second 1.75” line was also charged and put to work inside the car repair shop. The fire was knocked down in 15 minutes. Overhaul took another hour. Box 690 provided rehab at the fire, pictures taken 20 minutes into the call. Temperatures were a bone chilling -11 F. This was our second fire of the day having provided rehab at a large fryer fire in a poultry plant in Cambridge.
Waterloo (ON) P1, A1, P4 and Car 23 were dispatched to a house fire at 87 Bridge Street West December 17, 2017 at 05:05. Car 23 was advised callers were reporting lots of visible fire from the house under renovation. The platoon chief requested an additional pumper, P3 after hearing the report. Pump 4 arrived on scene and reported a fully involved house fire with exposure problems on side B and D. Aerial 1 was set up in front of the building for tower operations. P4 pulled multiple lines from their truck as well as a 4” feeder line to A1. Pump 4 officer reported he was unable to do a complete 360 due to high radiant heat. Two, four-inch lines were hooked up from a hydrant right beside P4 to feed their pumper. The roof and second floor collapsed into the basement approximately 20 minutes into the call. Firefighters were able to protect all exposures. A car on the B side of the fire had a cracked front window and slightly melted side mirror. Damage has been pegged at $500,000 and the Ontario Fire Marshall has been called in to investigate the suspicious fire. Box 690 on scene providing rehab on this cold night, temperature was 12 F. Photos taken 25 minutes into the fire.
Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out a full response from Conestogo and Maryhill plus a St Jacobs tanker for a chicken coup fire at 1492 Maple Bend Road, November 8 2017 at 20:20. A Maryhill deputy chief arrived on scene and reported a working fire in a small shed. The 20×40’ shed had a wood furnace on one side with totes of wood, and a storage shed on the other side. Conestogo pumper set up in the laneway for drafting and firefighters pulled a 2.5” line and split it into two 1.5” lines to attack the fire. Water was shuttled from a pond just down the road from the fire. The steel roof caved in 10 minutes after firefighters arrived on scene. I arrived as the roof collapsed approximately 20 minutes into the fire. Crews were on scene for a few hours pulling what was left of the building apart to get to hot spots. Box 690 provided rehab.
Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out St Clements and Wellesley for a confirmed structure fire at 4404 Hessen Strasse, July 15 2017 at 19:55. St Clements requested a full turnout from Linwood on route to the fire. St Clements pumper arrived on scene with heavy smoke and fire showing from a bungalow. The fire was located in the basement storage room and sauna which was also used for storage. Firefighters pulled multiple lines to the rear of the building to enter the basement via patio doors to attack the fire. Command requested mutual aid for a pumper and rescue from Wilmot Township Baden Station. Wellesley’s pumper set up at a cistern approximately a quarter mile up the road to fill tankers. St Clements and Baden’s pumpers both drafted from port a ponds. The bulk of the heavy fire was knocked down in 20 minutes. Overall took a couple of hours of heavy slugging. Pictures were taken approximately 25 minutes into the fire. Box 690 provided rehab.
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.
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.