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 Linwood and St Clements fire departments for a working fire in a shop at 4540 Lawson Line, September 28 at 16:00. Wellesley deputy chief requested Wellesley station be added to the call once he came on the air. The fire started in an air collection system beside the 40 x 100’, aluminum sided building and spread into the walls and roof. The fire was knocked down quickly, but overhaul took two hours to pull siding and insulation from the walls and roof. Water was shuttled by tankers from a fire department cistern located one farm east of the fire. Photos were taken during overhaul, approximately 45 minutes into the call. Box 690 provided rehab to the 35 firefighters on scene.
Cambridge Ontario Fire dispatch received a call reporting a fire on Sheffield Street March 28, 2016 at 03:37. Four stations responded to the call in a large abandoned storage shed. P2 arrived on scene and reported a steel-sided warehouse fully-involved with flames 30 feet in the air. A1 set up in front and used their tower plus numerous 2.5 inch lines were pulled to knock the fire down. The fire was declared out at 5:30. A backhoe was brought in later in the morning to tear the remaining structure down. Severe thunderstorms had rolled through the region an hour before this call. Cause was undetermined. Box 690 on scene four hours providing rehab.
Cambridge, Ontario fire dispatch received a call from Regional Ambulance reporting a propane explosion in a large industrial building at 1429 Branchton Road in North Dumfries Township with one serious burn victim March 3, 2016. Cambridge dispatched a full response; four stations and tanker to the call at 7:46, assuming there was a fire in addition to the medical call for the burn patient.
Cambridge covers this area under contract for first hour for North Dumfries Township. A second 911 call from the farm confirmed a fire in one of their buildings. P5 requested both North Dumfries tankers when updated by this additional information confirming a fire. Once on scene, P5 reported a very large chicken barn approximately 200 x 30’, fully involved and requested a full response from North Dumfries.
North Dumfries responded with their two pumpers and two tankers and approximately 20 firefighters. North Dumfries’ chief requested dispatch to activate mutual aid for two tankers from St George (Brant County). Tankers shuttled water from a hydrant approximately ¾ of a mile from the scene. An excavator was brought in to pull the building down to gain access to hot spots. The Ontario Fire Marshall, TSSA, and fire prevention are investigating the fire to determine the cause. Box 690 was on scene for six hours providing rehab.
October 20 2015, Cambridge Ontario firefighters were dispatched for a house fire at 1678 Seaton Road in North Dumfries Township at 16:50. Cambridge covers this area for North Dumfries for the first hour. On route to the call Cambridge P5 requested tankers from North Dumfries (Ayr) to augment the water supply.
Cambridge A1 was involved in a serious accident with a Regional Police officer while responding to the call. The aerial ended up in a field with serious damage. Five firefighters in the aerial were all belted and received minor injuries. They immediately started working on the trapped officer. The rescue and tanker remained on the scene of the accident. Crews extricated the officer who was airlifted to a hospital in Hamilton with serious injuries.
P5 arrived on the scene of the house fire and after a quick 360 reported they had a two-story, century-old house with heavy smoke showing and fire in the basement, going on offensive attack. Fortunately Hamilton had dispatched a first alarm on the fire as the house was very close to their border. Hamilton tankers were the first tankers to arrive and setup portable tanks and that fed Cambridge’s pumper. Firefighters knocked the fire down in 20 minutes.
Box 690 was just arriving on scene at a working fire in Heidelberg and split up the crew to respond to the Cambridge fire 25 miles away. These photos were taken during overhaul after a 50-minute drive in heavy traffic to the fire. Damage was estimated at $200,000. The homeowners had just completed a $150,000 upgrade to the house. Box 690 was on scene 2.5 hours providing rehab.