Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out Baden and New Dundee stations for an attached garage fire at 1 Deerfield Extension in Petersburg, May 8 at 18:55. Baden requested a full response from New Hamburg while en route to the fire and reported smoke showing minutes before they arrived on scene.
Heavy fire was venting from a two-car, attached garage. Multiple small and large hand lines were pulled and knocked down the bulk of the heavy fire in 15 minutes with some extension into the attic of the house. There were several of propane tanks in the garage and a propane BBQ. Water was shuttled from the nearest hydrant four miles from the scene. Very good stop keeping the fire to the garage. Box 690 provided rehab. Photos taken 20 minutes into fire.
Woolwich Township (ON) firefighters were dispatched to a fully involved shop fire May 11th at 4:40 at 1088 Wittick Road. Floradale station reported they could see heavy fire from the station approximately 2.5 miles from the scene. Firefighters arrived to a fully involved 100’ x 30’, steel sided shop, which was attached to a large barn. Fire had extended into the barn.
Floradale pumper set up beside the barn and had their tanker drop a port-a-tank, dump their load, and drop their LDH to the road. Elmira’s pumper set up two port-a-tanks on the road for the five tankers to fill. Elmira’s aerial was at a hydrant in Elmira approximately 3.5 miles from the scene to fill tankers. Multiple lines were pulled around the structure.
The owners of the property were able to get most of the cattle from the barn. The interior crew was able to knock the fire down in the hay mow and the main floor of the barn. Crews outside cooled two large propane tanks and were able to hit the fire on the exterior of the barn. One fuel tank bled off just as I walked up to the scene.
Firefighters made a very good save on the property. No cattle were lost and the barn is still standing. One or both of the silos may need to be replaced. Damage has been pegged between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Box 690 and the Floradale Women’s Auxiliary provided rehab to the 50 firefighters on scene.
Woolwich stations on scene:
Floradale pumper, rescue, tanker (3,000 US gallons)
Elmira pumper, rescue, aerial, pumper-tanker (2,500 US gallons)
Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch received multiple calls for a house fire at 116 Kingswood Drive April 24 at 2:40. P11, P15, A11, R11, and Car 123 were dispatched on the first alarm. P14 was added to the assignment due to multiple phone calls. Crews arrived to heavy fire through the roof of a six-unit townhouse complex. P11 pulled in from the Kingswood side of the building and had A11 set up their aerial on Alpine Road. P11 and A11 both caught hydrants.
Multiple lines were pulled to fight the fire. The fire appeared to start under the car port and spread up the wall to two units. One resident was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The fire stop between units E and D did its job preventing the fire from spreading into the other four units. Heavy fire was knocked down in 20 minutes, with overhaul lasting 1.5 hours. Damage has been pegged at $500,000. The Ontario Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the fire with Kitchener Fire Prevention officers. Box 690 provided rehab, photos taken 25 minutes into the fire.
Cambridge, (ON) P31, P35, A33, A34, R31, and Car 323 were dispatched to a structure fire at 201 Beverly St April 24 at 9:55. P35 reported they could see heavy smoke while responding to the fire. P35 arrived on scene reporting a large vacant building with heavy fire on the C – D side of the building extending from the first floor to the roof of the building.
Due to multiple previous fires at the former Joy Manufacturing building, all firefighting was defensive. There were holes in floors and needles throughout the structure. Police reported 12 homeless individuals were known to be living in the building.
Firefighters laid in from two hydrants to A34 and P35. A34 set up their aerial to attack the fire in the roof, while P35 pulled numerous lines to the rear of the plant. A33, a 60’ quint was replaced by A36, a 110’ platform which could reach the roof to pull off the fiberglass siding. Two piercing nozzles where used on the D side to get at the stubborn fire.
The fire was declared under control two hours after arrival. Primary and secondary searches where completed once the visibility in the building allowed firefighters safe access. Damage was set at $200,000. Box 690 provided rehab, photos taken 30 minutes into the fire.
On April 19th, 2019, the Lawrence FD (MA) was dispatched to a reported fire on Brookfield Street. Responding companies had heavy smoke showing while en route and struck the working fire. A second and third alarm were struck shortly after arrival due to heavy fire and exposure issues. The vacant house had originally been involved in the September 2018 gas explosions and suffered a collapse of the roof and alpha side wall. At one point, an ember from the fire set a building across the street ablaze. Companies stretched one line and knocked that fire down quickly. Both fires were brought under control in about an hour, although companies remained on scene well after that to chase down hot spots and overhaul.
The Milwaukee Fire Department responded to a fire in the Furniture Depot store at 2523 West Lincoln Avenue on Milwaukee’s south side on Saturday, April 13th. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the front of the store engulfed in flames. A second alarm was called before being elevated to a third alarm. The fire completely destroyed the store and damaged nearby businesses and a home.
We took in the extra alarm fire last week on the westside of Chicago. It was a food manufacturing warehouse and the first-in companies encountered heavy fire on their arrival. A lot of in-line pumping operations took place at this job which required many resources, which at the peak of the fire, made it to a 5-11 and 4 Specials. Twenty two engines, ten trucks including four tower ladders, Squad 2, plus a plethora of special equipment responded to this. We got to this about an hour into the fire.