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New Haven 2nd alarm 1303 Chapel St. vacant dwelling 
12/25/19 New Haven, CT – New Haven firefighters hoped for a quiet Christmas as they came on shift. Instead, as they pulled out of quarters for the box alarm, companies reported they could see it. Engine Company 6 arrived reporting a top floor fire. Multiple hand lines were stretched as the fire continued to grow. Companies made an interior attack, but were chased out due to deteriorating conditions. A 2nd alarm was transmitted as companies transitioned to exterior operations. Truck companies went to work with a tower ladder and ladder pipe operations. Additional two and half hand lines also flanked the dwelling on all sides to darken down the fire. It took companies about two hours to bring the fire under control. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the fire marshals office. 
Glenn Duda, CFPA

New Haven FD Rescue 1
Glenn Duda photo

More photos from the 2-11 Alarm fire in Chicago, IL – January 8, 2017 

fire scene in frigid cold

Tim Olk photo

firefighter with ice encrusted helmet

Tim Olk photo

aftermath of house fire

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14

Tim Olk photo

firefighters uncouple frozen hose

Tim Olk photo

firefighter with ice encrusted helmet

Tim Olk photo

ice covers fence after fire

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14

Tim Olk photo

fire scene in frigid cold

Tim Olk photo

Chicago FD Tower Ladder 14

Tim Olk photo

Here are some images from Sunday morning’s 2-11 on the West Side of Chicago. Engine 117 and the tower arrived and found heavy fire in the rear and in the attic of a 2.5 story balloon frame. Battalion 18 quickly requested a Still & Box and 2-2-4 requested a 2-11 a short time later. The fire got into the D-side exposure building but that structure was largely saved by the companies operating on scene. Tower 14 and Squad 2 worked elevated master streams, and several handlines were utilized as well.

Drew Gresik

flames through roof of house on fire

Drew Gresik photo

flames through roof of house on fire

Drew Gresik photo

flames through roof of house on fire

Drew Gresik photo

firefighters battle fire in frigid weather

Drew Gresik photo

firefighters battle fire in frigid weather

Drew Gresik photo

Chicago FD Engine 117

Drew Gresik photo

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.

 Gary Dinkel

 

 

night photo of house fully engulfed in flames

This was shot 45 minutes after arrival. Gary Dinkel photo

 

night photo of house fully engulfed in flames

Rear roof has collapsed, all fire fighting was defensive at this time. Gary Dinkel photo

 

night photo of house fully engulfed in flames

Gary Dinkel photo

 

night photo of house fully engulfed in flames

Rear of house. Gary Dinkel photo

 

night photo of house fully engulfed in flames

Ayrs Pierce pumper in driveway. Gary Dinkel photo

 

fire department rural water supply operation

Cambridge tanker relay pumping from road. Gary Dinkel photo

 

night photo of house fully engulfed in flames

Gary Dinkel photo

 

night photo of house fully engulfed in flames

Gary Dinkel photo

 

night photo of house fully engulfed in flames

Gary Dinkel photo

 

chief fire officer at fully engulfed house fire at night

Gary Dinkel photo

 

fire department rural water supply operation

Portable pumps being used to feed P4. Both Ayr tankers dumping their 2,500 Imperial gallon (3,000 US gallon) loads. Gary Dinkel photo

 

Rosenbauer fire engine in Kitchener Ontario

Kitchener P5 setting up to relay pump. Gary Dinkel photo

 

Box 690 canteen

Box 690. Gary Dinkel photo

 

fire department rural water supply operation

Kitchener’s KME 2,100 imperial (2,500 US) tanker, New Dundee Tank 25, Spartan ERV 2,500 imperial (3,000 US). Gary Dinkel photo

 

fire department rural water supply operation

New Dundee Tank 25. Gary Dinkel photo

 

Pierce fire engine at winter fire scene

Ayr’s Pierce pumper. Gary Dinkel photo

 

fire department rural water supply operation

Gary Dinkel photo

 

New Hamburg Ontario firefighters were dispatched for a structure fire at the New Hamburg cleaners January 29 at 19:15. New Hamburg chief reported the building was fully involved on his way to the hall and requested a full response from Baden. New Hamburg responded with their pumper, quint, tanker and heavy rescue. The quint was set up in the parking lot in front of the building for tower operations.

Numerous 2.5″ and 1.5” lines were pulled from New Hamburg’s pumper. Baden responded with two pumpers, a heavy rescue, and both tankers. Baden Pump 1 picked up a hydrant on the E2 side and pulled two 2.5” lines for fire attack and exposure protection. Baden P2 relay pumped to New Hamburg’s pumper. New Dundee’s pump was dispatched to Baden hall for cover up, but was rerouted to the scene and caught a hydrant on Jacob St. They pulled two 2.5” lines into the rear of the building.

Crews worked for three hours to bring the fire under control. They successfully protected all exposures. Damage was pegged at $1,000,000. This was a very cold night with temperatures dipping to -20F.

This was the second major fire in two days involving the three Wilmot stations. The previous night all three stations responded to a fully involved large 2.5-story farm house under renovation just south of town. The temperature dipped to -30F with the wind chill. Trucks had to be rotated from the scene as three pumpers and the aerial froze up over the course of the fire. Damage was estimated at $400,000.

 Gary Dinkel

Box 690

winter fire scene photo in Canada

Shot from front, New Hamburg’s 75’ quint using master stream. Gary Dinkel Box 690 photo

winter fire scene photos

Taken from the E2 side of building. Gary Dinkel, Box 690 photo

winter fire scene photos in Canada

Gary Dinkel Box 690 photo

winter fire scene photo in Canada

Gary Dinkel Box 690 photo