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.
Chicago had a 2-11 Alarm fire in a three-story, brick building with apartments over stores. Upon arrival companies assisted resident from balconies via ladders. The fire started on the second floor and efforts to contain the fire were hampered by frozen hydrants in the area. As fire spread to the third floor and eventually the cockloft, a 2-11 was struck and companies were eventually ordered out of the the light-weight constructed building for defensive operations.
Several area photographers were at the scene and submitted images. There is more to see at chicagoareafire.com.
Vernon, CT had this 2nd alarm in a vacant building at 63 High Street on 3/23/15 @2145 hours. Winter still has a grip on us as members had to deal with very cold temps, ice, snow, and a very hilly terrain.
New Haven Firefighters responding to a report of a kitchen fire arrived to find a three story, wood frame with heavy fire on the first floor. The fire rapidly extended throughout the dwelling, prompting Battalion Chief Gould to transmit the second alarm. The fire was brought under control in about 45 minutes.
There was evidence of a gas explosion on the number one side as part of the first floor was heavily damaged and bowed out. No one was home at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
03/01/15 New Haven, CT – Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke showing from the second floor of this two and a half story dwelling. An interior attack was initiated, however a bad hydrant caused a delay in getting water. A primary search resulted in one victim being pulled from the fire floor. A second alarm was transmitted by orders of Battalion Chief Gould. The fire extended into the third floor before companies were able to bring the fire under control. One firefighter was transported with burns to the lower extremities and one victim was transported in critical condition. The state and local fire marshal’s divisions along with New Haven PD are investigating the cause of the blaze.