Montgomery County, NIST, Howard County, Carroll County, and Frederick County units responded to a 50+ acre brush and woods fire on Tuesday (3/31/15) near Damascus Road in Laytonsville, MD. Wind hampered initial efforts to contain the blaze, but firefighters worked hard to gain control and surround the fire preventing it from spreading further. Multiple brush trucks, engine tankers, large capacity tankers, and assorted other apparatus including forestry trucks and tractors worked in tandem on the scene. Company 717 (Laytonsville) worked all of their first line units on the fireground. Fill & dump sites for tankers were established and the brush units filled up at these water supply areas, and then proceeded into the fire zone.
Here are some photos I took from the Halterman Road water supply zone, established in a neighboring farm/cornfield, adjacent to the fire zone.
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.
Additional photos can be found at secondalarmimages.com.
Here’s the video from the scene of the house explosion in Long Grove, IL.
Some images from 4773 Trenton Court in the Royal Melbourne subdivision in Long Grove (IL). Parts of this development are in the Long Grove Fire Protection District and the rest in the Countryside Fire Protection District.
Before 11PM on Friday, firefighters responded to a reported fire. Prior to their arrival, the homeowner reportedly stepped out of the home just minutes before a catastrophic explosion destroyed the structure sending splintered debris in all directions. Several neighboring homes suffered broken windows, buckled garage doors, or structural damage. There are reports that several homes are uninhabitable.
There were only minor injuries at the scene. A 2nd Alarm was struck for water tenders and suppression companies as the development is largely without hydrants. The gas company was reportedly in the area investigating an odor.
A complete gallery of images is at shapirophotography.net
More information and photos are at chicagoareafire.com
Kitchener Fire Dispatch toned out a full response from Maryhill and Conestogo plus the St Jacobs tanker for a confirmed house fire at 1364 Durant Road at 12:02 pm March 3, 2014. The Maryhill pumper reported smoke showing approximately two miles from the scene. Breslau’s pumper tanker was then added to the call as the fourth.
The Maryhill pumper arrived on scene and reported a century-old building was fully involved. Two port-a-tanks were set up beside the pumper. Water was shuttled from a hydrant at the Breslau fire hall, approximately five miles from the scene.
The original front section of the home was built in 1888, and had a tin roof. The wind chill dropped the temperature to -10 F, making firefighting very difficult. Crews worked six hours to fully extinguish the fire.
Box 690 served 100 hot drinks, eight dozen chili dogs, 40 cold drinks, and 200 snack items at the fire.
Gary Dinkel, Box 690
Ayr Ontario firefighters were toned out for a house fire at 1221 Industrial road at 3:52 am on January 29. Cambridge dispatch advised responding units that the house was well involved and all occupants were out. Ayr Car 2 requested New Dundee and Box 690 Canteen while enroute. Ayr responded with two pumpers, two tankers, and their rescue.
Car 2 arrived on scene with heavy fire in the middle of the large bungalow. P4 pulled into the driveway of the house and stretched lines to the front and rear while P1 setup for relay pumping form port-a-tanks out on the road. Cambridge’s tanker was also requested at this time.
New Dundee Pump 21 setup at a nearby reservoir and filled tankers. The temperature was a frigid -35 F with light winds. The large bungalow had a shake roof. The fire quickly spread through the house. Kitchener’s tanker was requested as the fifth tanker. P1 froze up early in the fire. Cambridge’s tanker replaced the pumper until portable pumps could be set up to feed P4. By this point most of the tankers inlets were frozen and tankers had to be filled from the top. Command requested Kitchener P5 to the scene to act as the relay pumper. The pumper is fully enclosed and had no issues with freezing up. The fire was declared under control by 10:00. Damage was pegged at $700,000.