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.
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.
Cambridge, Ontario fire dispatch received a 911 call from a motorist reporting a possible fire at 6 McNaughton Street April 6, 2015 at 22:30. Nineteen firefighters responded with two pumpers, two quints, heavy rescue, and platoon chief. Pump 5 arrived on scene with smoke and flames showing. Firefighters pulled two lines into the front of the building to attack the fire. Crews were pulled from the building within minutes when heavy fire vented out windows from the back of the structure. The heavy fire was knocked down in twenty minutes. Pictures were taken approximately 25 minutes after arrival of firefighters. The fire was declared out at 01:15. Damage has been pegged at $300,000 and is being investigated by Cambridge Fire Prevention, Regional Police, and an investigator from the Office of the Fire Marshall. Box 690 on scene 2.5 hours providing rehab.
Cambridge, Ontario fire dispatch received a 911 call at 2:40 February 29, 2016 reporting a house fire beside 135 Queen Street East. Four of the five Cambridge stations were dispatched to the fire. Nineteen firefighters staffing two quints, two pumpers, heavy rescue, and the platoon chief responded to the call. A1 arrived on scene first and reported they had a fully-involved house fire. Three 1.75″ lines were pulled by firefighters to attack the fire. Crews worked for two hours to totally extinguish the blaze. Damage will exceed $200,000. All occupants of the house got out safely after neighbors alerted them that their house was on fire. Box 690 provided rehab.
Cambridge, Ontario firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 32 Russ Street at 12:30, February 20, 2016. nineteen firefighters staffing two quints, two pumps, heavy rescue, and platoon chief responded to the call. A3 reported heavy smoke showing on arrival and that they had a basement fire after doing a 360. The fire was knocked down in 10 minutes. Box 690 provided rehab for the fire. Note the house was directly across the street from a fire in early November.
Cambridge Ontario firefighters responded to a house fire on Sekura Crescent December 15 2015 just after 16:00. P1 was first on scene reporting a fully involved, 1.5-story abandoned house. The 360 revealed the basement was flooded and had heavy fire on the second floor. All firefighting was to be defensive.
Firefighters knocked the bulk of the fire down in an hour. P5 laid in 1,000 feet of 4” high vol from Sekura. The long lay in and low pressure hydrant required a second hydrant to augment the water supply. Firefighters pulled 500 feet of 4” hose through a bush from Kovac Road. Firefighters stood by for hours tending to hot spots and waiting for a high hoe to arrive to tear the building down.
Box 690 on scene 4.5 hours providing rehab and dinner for firefighters.
Cambridge, Ontario firefighters were dispatched for a house fire at 41 Russ Street at 20:30 November 6, 2015. Two quints, two pumps, rescue, and the Platoon chief responded with 19 firefighters. A3 arrived on scene and reported fire showing from the attic of a large, 2.5-story home. A 360 revealed heavy fire in a bedroom on the second floor. Photos were taken on my arrival five minutes after crews were pulled from the building to go defensive. Box 690 provided rehab for three hours.