additional video from the working fire in Cambridge, ON – January 17, 2019
Cambridge, Ontario P2, P1, A6, R1, and Car 6 were dispatched to 51 Livingstone Crescent for a dryer fire January 17, at 20:30. The closest station to the call was Station 3 but A3 was on a medical call. P2 arrived and reported some smoke showing and all occupants were out of the building.
P2 pulled a line into the basement reporting heavy smoke, and near zero visibility. A hydrant was picked up as firefighters performed primary searches of the first, second, and third floors while fire attack looked for the source of the fire in the basement. The fire was located at the rear corner of the basement and quickly knocked down. Basement windows were taken out so ventilation could be performed by the attack crew. A3 cleared from their call and command had them return to their station as the fire was knocked down.
Three firefighters were sent to perform a secondary search of the house and while on the second floor they reported the lights had gone out. Within a couple of minutes heavy black smoke was showing from the first and second floor. A minute later both floors flashed over. Two firefighters were able to exit via the stairs while a third had to bail out a second floor window onto the garage roof. He was transported to hospital with second degree burns and wass released the next morning. His gear and SCBA saved his life.
The entire building was now fully involved, and fire came through the steel roof within minutes. A6 was setup quickly to protect exposures, and A3 was added to the call, ordered to grab another hydrant, and get their aerial up. Large lines were pulled to attack the fire and protect exposures. A third hydrant was pulled from Newport Drive as A6 didn’t have enough water to supply their bucket and lines. A4 and P5 were added to the call necessitating call-in of off-duty crews to staff spare apparatus now that all six stations were on scene.
The upper two floors collapsed 30 minutes after the flashover and the fire was brought under control in two hours. One station remained on scene all night, and others are still on scene chasing hot spots. Due to the collapse, firefighters can’t go into the structure to work on fully extinguishing the fire. The Ontario Fire Marshall is on the scene to investigate the cause. Damage is pegged at more than $750,000.
Box 690 provided rehab. My photos and video were shot 25 minutes after the flashover. Box 690 member Dave Westwood’s photos taken immediately after the flashover.
more to come …
Kitchener (ON) Fire dispatch toned out New Dundee Fire for a barn fire at 966829 Oxford Waterloo Road, December 4 at 5:05. New Dundee requested a full response from New Hamburg plus Baden’s two tankers before arriving to the fire. Once on scene trucks had to dodge roaming cattle driving into the farm. Command requested a full response from Baden reporting they had an approximately 350×100 cattle barn fully involved on the east end of the structure. Due to heavy smoke, firefighters couldn’t see how much of the barn was burning. A 360 revealed 30% of the barn was burning and that there was a large number of cattle still in the structure. Multiple small and large lines were pulled to attack the fire. Two port-a-tanks were set up for water supply. Tankers drove to Plattsville, 1.8 miles from the scene in Oxford County to fill up at a hydrant.
Once the fire was contained, tankers drove to New Hamburg (Waterloo County) to fill up. The road is the dividing line between the two counties. Plattsville’s chief arrived on scene and advised command they had been dispatched for smoke in the area around 2:30 but were unable to find the source. Firefighters did a good job saving approximately 70% of the barn. Box 690 provided rehab for the fire. Video and photos taken 50 minutes into the fire.
Gary Dinkel, Box 690
Kitchener (ON) Fire dispatch toned out a Breslau pumper-tanker, Maryhill pumper, tanker, rescue, and Conestogo rescue for a confirmed structure fire at 138 Woolwich Street South in Breslau, 23 November 2018 at 3:45. Breslau reported they could see the fire from their hall more than a mile away. Elmira’s aerial was requested as firefighters responded to the scene. Breslau reported a large, upscale house under construction that was fully involved, with serious exposures on either side of the house. Crews pulled two lines initially to protect the exposures, a large, two-bay garage and house on the E2 side with siding already melting, and a bungalow on the E4 side with embers falling on the roof and heavy radiant heat. The nearest hydrant was approximately 1300 feet from the scene. The Maryhill tanker dropped their port-a-tank at Breslau’s pumper and shuttled water from the nearest hydrant to the south of the fire while a relay pumping operation was set up. Conestogo’s pumper tanker was requested to augment the water shuttle. Firefighters were able to save the two exposure buildings, both suffering exterior damage to siding. The fire was brought under control in an hour. Damage has been pegged at $1,000,000 and the Ontario Fire Marshal has been called to investigate. Box 690 provided rehab. Photos taken approximately 20 minutes into the fire.
Gary Dinkel, Box 690
Video of the Working fire in Kitchener, ON – October 5, 2018