North Dumfries Fire (Ontario) had their second large grass fire in less than a week. This one on April 18, 2015 along West River Road in Brant County at 13:15. North Dumfries (Waterloo County) covers this area for the first hour under contract with Brant County. Approximately 25 acres of corn fields and heavy brush burned before the fire was contained, 2.5 hours after the initial dispatch.
North Dumfries responded with two pumpers, two tankers, and their rescue. Mutual aid was requested from within Waterloo County 10 minutes after arrival. New Dundee responded with a pumper and tanker, and Cambridge with their wildland 4×4. Additional mutual aid from Brant County saw St George respond with two tankers and a 6×6 brush unit from Paris.
This was the second large grass fire of the day for New Dundee, they had approximately 8-10 acres consumed an hour earlier. Box 690 Canteen responded to both of the these grass fires as well as a third in Wellesley Township (Waterloo County) that was dispatched 15 minutes after this call. It was a very busy day in the area for grass fires. A large loom up was visible from this call. St George pumper and rescue were dispatched for a grass fire that spread to an abandoned house approximately five miles away. St George firefighters on the scene of the West River Road fire were picked up in a Gator and transported approximately a mile back to their tankers. At the same time a barn fire was dispatched near Cainsville, also in Brant County.
01-05-2015 Greenleaf, WI firefighters were dispatched to Big Valley Rd. for the report of a shed on fire. Arriving crews found a large shed well involved in fire and upgraded initially to the Working Still level and eventually to the Box Alarm level for tenders. Brutal cold temperatures hampered firefighting efforts. The air temperature at the time of the fire was -9 degrees F. Several vehicles were damaged or destroyed along with a large amount of hay.
Departments On Scene: Greenleaf, Wayside, Morrison, Ledgeview, Hollandtown, and Wrightstown.
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While units were still on the scene of a structure fire on Poplar Street, Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a second structure fire one block away at 301 Edgewood Street. Firefighters at the Poplar Street incident were still performing overhaul and breaking down lines when this fire was dispatched.
Tender 26 was able to leave the Poplar Street incident and drive around the corner while additional units were also responding. Tender 26 found a single-story, block residence fully involved. The 3000-gallon E-One tender is equipped for firefighting operations. Firefighters deployed two 1-3/4 handlines to combat the blaze and had the bulk of the fire knocked down within 15 minutes, but were on the scene for two hours.
Tender 19 supplied water to Tender 26. Three engines responded, but only needed to standby and supply hand tools. The home was vacant and did not have power connected. Due to the close proximity to the other fire and the suspicious nature of the origin, the Sheriff’s Office and State Police (SLED) Arson Unit were contacted to assist with the investigation. SLED sent two agents to the scene. The building remained standing, but suffered heavy damage.
Engine 19, Engine 24, Engine 26, Tender 1, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Medic 1, Medic 19, Medic 26, Rescue 1, Battalion 1, Car 2 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Scott Feather served as Incident Commander. Engine 1, Engine 5, Engine 13, Medic 9 and Medic 13 were relocated during the incident.
Barry W. McRoy
Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue
A Poplar Street home was destroyed in an early morning fire Friday 27-December. At 02:55, Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue was notified of the house with flames coming out of the windows. Engine 19 arrived minutes later to find the single-story wood-frame residential dwelling fully-involved, with flames 40 feet in the air. An unattached, two-story garage behind the home was threatened. Firefighters deployed two 1-3/4 handlines and one 2-1/2 handline to combat the fire. Engine 19 attempted to use a deck gun, but was not effective reaching the building due to trees in the yard. A second alarm was issued 20 minutes into the incident for additional personnel and tenders.
The roof over the center of the structure collapsed shortly after arrival. Water supply was conducted with a tender shuttle. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. The home was a rental property and was not occupied, however it did have power connected. The building was heavily damaged and almost completely destroyed. The separate garage was not damaged.
While crews were finishing overhaul operations, a second, well-involved structure fire one block from this residence was reported. Tender 26 was able to be freed from this scene, responded to the other fire and began firefighting efforts. Due to the close proximity and the suspicious nature of the fires, the Sheriff’s Office and State Police (SLED) Arson Unit were contacted to assist with the investigation.
Engine 19, Engine 24, Tender 1, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Medic 1, Medic 19, Battalion 1, Car 12 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Scott Feather served as Incident Commander.
Barry W. McRoy
Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue
July 17, 2012, 2936 Arthur St North, just north of Elmira Ontario Canada. Box 690 members were at Station 5 in Kitchener restocking supplies from a call in Petersburg when Floradale, Elmira, Conestogo, and St Jacobs were toned out for a wood shop fire at 10:20 am. Floradale firefighters reported heavy smoke showing from their hall. This was the hottest day ever on this date (118 F). The building was fully involved on arrival. The fire had spread to two 54’ trailers that contained wood, and piles of lumber on the E4 side of the building, and a large storage shed full of wood to the rear of the structure. More than 60 firefighters were on-scene battling the fire and the heat of the day. Water was shuttled by three tankers from a large pond located adjacent to the fire, to the St Jacobs pumper that set up on Arthur St. Elmira’s P1 set up to draft at the pond, and a 4” supply line was hand laid from the pond, 1,400’ to the Floradale pumper.
The fire was at a Mennonite Wood Business, damage was over $1,000,000.
Box 690 responded initially with three members. We were very fortunate to have the assistance of the Floradale Ladies Auxiliary at this fire. Box 690 was on scene for eight hours and served 1,278 food and drink items on that day. This was by far the largest call in terms of product served that we have had in our 25 years of service.
A Ruffin SC family was displaced following a fire in their residence at 471 Paps Place off of Red Root Road, Monday morning 14-October at 00:54. Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue Engine 18 arrived to find the one-story wood frame structure approximately 65% involved, with flames through the roof on the south side of the building. All of the occupants had safely exited the building prior to Fire-Rescue’s arrival.
Firefighters deployed two 1-3/4 handlines. A second alarm was issued shortly after arrival for additional tenders and personnel. The home was located near the end of a ½ mile long, narrow dirt road, presenting some access problems for responding apparatus. Units staged ½ mile away on Red Root Road until the tenders completed their dump and then rotated into the scene. Firefighters knocked down the bulk of the fire within 25 minutes, but were on the scene for four and a half hours performing overhaul. They were able to stop the spread of the fire to the north end of the structure, however the remainder of the building suffered heavy heat, smoke, and water damage. Water supply was conducted with a tender shuttle from a pressurized hydrant about 3 miles from the scene.
One of the occupants reported he was watching TV when he smelled smoke. Upon investigation, he located a fire in the utility room, with flames already reaching the ceiling. He ran outside to retrieve a fire extinguisher from a vehicle, but when he returned the room was well involved. He got everyone else out of the home and they called 9-1-1. No one was injured during the fire. Fire investigators determined the fire originated in the utility room near the area of the gas hot water heater. The Charleston Chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting the family.
Engine 4, Engine 10, Engine 18, Engine 26, Engine 31, Tender 4, Tender 7, Tender 8, Tender 15, Tender 18, Tender 26, Tender 27, Tender 29, Medic 18, Medic 26, Battalion 1, Car 12, Car 111, and Car 118 responded. Engineer-Paramedic Roger Johnston served as Incident Commander.
Barry W. McRoy
Colleton County Fire-Rescue