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Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out Conestogo, Maryhill, Breslau, and St Jacobs for a fully-involved trailer fire on Katherine Street North at Line 86 August 10, 2018 at 14:00. The trailer was loaded with 20 bales of straw. Conestogo arrived on scene first reporting a fully-involved trailer, no exposure issues, and were setting up on the south side of the fire. Command advised Maryhill to respond with their pumper and tanker and set up on the north side of the fire off Line 86.

Numerous small and large hand lines were pulled from both pumpers. Water was shuttled from a cistern and then the dam in Winterbourne for the Conestogo pumper approximately 1.5 miles south of the scene. Water for Maryhill’s pumper was shuttled from a cistern two miles east of the fire. Center Wellington fire, Elora station arrived at the fire with a pumper and tanker having been dispatched by Guelph fire for smoke in the area. The border between Wellington and Waterloo County is approximately 1.5 miles from the fire. Elora firefighters checked with command to see if they would like their assistance. Due to the hot day command asked them to stay and help knock the fire down. They helped with water supply and firefighters went on air to relieve Woolwich crews.

Command requested Elmira fire respond with manpower and their tanker. The fire was knocked down in 40 minutes but overhaul lasted two hours as tractors had to pull the straw from the trailer, soak it down, then load in trailers to be driven to a nearby farm to be composted. This was the first fire for Conestogo’s pumper tanker that had just gone into service the week before. Box 690 provided rehab serving 135 cold drinks and 105 snack items. Photos and video taken 25 minutes into the call.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

trailer of straw on fire

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Kitchener, Ontario Fire Dispatch toned out St Jacobs, Elmira, and Conestogo fire departments for a house fire at 1165 Apple Grove Road, June 9 2018 at 22:00. St Jacobs’ district chief arrived on scene first and reported heavy fire showing from the basement of the house. St Jacobs pumper set up in front of the house and pulled two 1.75” lines and a 2.5” line for a Blitzfire attack. St Jacobs tanker reverse laid 850’ of high vol line to the east of a fire to a large parking lot where Conestogo’s pumper set for water relay. Tankers filled at a hydrant approximately half a mile away. The fire was knocked down in 20 minutes. Regional Police arrested a woman and charged her with a number offenses in regard to the fire. Damage will exceed $300,000. Box 690 provided rehab for the 25 firefighters on scene.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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fire truck in Canada drafts from portable tanks

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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fire engine in Woolwich Township Ontario

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Box 690 Rehab at a fire scene on Woolwich Township Ontario

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On May 24 2018 at 19:05, Cambridge, Ontario firefighters had their second general alarm fire in five days. P1, P2, P5, A3, R1, and Car 6 were dispatched to the fire at 515 Hespeler Road. Regional Police advised they had fire showing from the front of the building and roof. P1 arrived and reported heavy fire and smoke showing and requested the next unit pick up the hydrant. The fire was in the front waiting room and a 40’ high sign at the front of the car wash. A4, the last truck left in the city, was added to the call shortly after they cleared a med call.

Kitchener fire was requested for mutual aid to an alarm ringing and Ayr fire was toned out to respond with a pumper to cover the city while overtime crews were being called in. Multiple lines and both aerials were set up to attack the fire. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading into the main building which housed a large car wash, oil change business, and garage. The fire was brought under control in 40 minutes.

Preliminary damage has been set at $250,000. The Ontario Fire Marshal was called to investigate the cause. Early video and photos by Box 690 members Dave Westwood and Nic Murray. Box 690 provided rehab for the fire.

This was the first working fire for a number of new recruits. Cambridge is opening station six in the fall.

Gay Dinkel, Box 690

fire at suds Car Wash in Cambridge Ontario

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The Cambridge Ontario fire department dispatched A3, P2, P1, P5, R1, and Car 6 for a possible structure fire at 509 Speedsville Road May 20 2018, at 19:45. A3 arrived on scene and reported a large, two-story, stone building with fire on the second floor, and defensive firefighting only. The area has limited hydrants, but one was right in front of the property. Two 4” lines were connected to the hydrant to feed A3 and P2. Water pressure was very low so a portable pump was set up in the Speed River approximately 250’ from the fire to augment water supply. A4, the last truck in the city was added to the call once they cleared a med call.

Additional firefighters were called in to staff spare equipment and were rotated to the fire over the course of the night. P5 reverse laid approximately 1200 feet of 4” hose to a second hydrant and relay pumped to A4 once they arrived and set up. Multiple lines were pulled to attack the fire from three sides. Both aerials flowed water once the fire broke through the roof. The second floor had two apartments and storage rooms that were loaded with household materials and furniture. Firefighters worked for hours before bringing the fire under control at 1:30. A3 and A4 were repositioned around 1:00. P2, P1 and P5 cleared the scene over the next couple of hours. Crews were rotated back to the fire over the next nine hours. Box 690 provided rehab.

Photos and videos were taken 20 minutes into the call after running off a nearby golf course to get to the fire.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

In the following days, a female has been charged with arson for the fire.

Cambridge Ontario Firefighters battling a fire

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Cambridge (ON) firefighters responded to 148 Queen Street East for a house fire April 5, 2018 at 1:30. P2 reported a fully-involved house on arrival. Three occupants escaped from the home and reported there could still be one person inside. All five Cambridge stations responded to the fire on an unseasonably cold April night. Firefighters found the victim during their primary search of the building. Damage has been set at more than $300,000. The Ontario Fire Marshall, Cambridge Fire Prevention, and Waterloo Regional Police are investing the cause of the fire. Box 690 provided rehab. Photos taken by Gary Dinkel 35 minutes into the fire. Box 690 member Dave Westwood’s shots taken 10 minutes after arrival of first crew.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

fatal house fire in Cambridge ON

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fatal house fire in Cambridge ON

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fatal house fire in Cambridge ON

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fatal house fire in Cambridge ON

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fatal house fire in Cambridge ON

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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.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690 Rehab

Waterloo Ontario firefighters at work

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Waterloo Ontario firefighters at work

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Waterloo Ontario firefighters at work

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heavy smoke from warehouse fire

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firefighters remove overhead door at fire

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firefighters remove overhead door at fire

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firefighter uses PPV at commercial fire

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