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Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out P3, P4, Tanker 1, A1, R1, and Car 23 for a possible garage fire at 128 Limerick Road October 5, 2018 at 9:10. P4 reported a thermal column enroute to the call prompting Car 23 to add an additional pumper (P6). There are no hydrants on this street which had prompted the tanker to be dispatched with a full crew of four on the initial alarm.

P4 arrived on scene first reporting a large, detached garage fully involved, a vehicle in front of the garage fully involved, a wood-sided house well involved, a second garage possibly on fire on the E4 side, extension into a music studio four feet behind the garage, and siding melting on a second house on the E4 side of the fire. Due to the volume of fire, command requested incoming trucks catch a hydrant out on King Street and relay pump to the scene.

Approximately 2100 feet of 4” was laid into P4. Numerous small and large lines were deployed to fight the fire. Crews split up, one working on the garage, and a second on the wooden house where fire had extended into the dwelling. A third crew worked the rear knocking down the fire in the studio, and a fourth crew worked on the exposure garage and house. Firefighters did a great job knocking the bulk of the heavy fire in the first 20 minutes. Box 690 provided rehab. Pictures taken approximately 22 minutes into the fire.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Kitchener ON Firefighters at work

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Kitchener ON Firefighters at work

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Kitchener ON Firefighters at work

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Kitchener ON Firefighters at work

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Kitchener ON Firefighters at work

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Kitchener ON Firefighters at work

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Kitchener ON Firefighters at work

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Kitchener ON Firefighters at work

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Kitchener ON Firefighters in rehab

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Kitchener (ON) Fire dispatch received multiple calls for a house fire at 31 Pattandon Ave, 8 September 2018, at 8:40. P1, P3, R1, A2, and Car 23 were dispatched on the first alarm. A contractor working across the street helped the elderly occupant escape the fully charged house with her two dogs before firefighters arrived. P3 arrived on scene first reporting multiple garages, and a large tree on fire in the rear with extension into the house. Crews were split between the garages in the rear and the house. Fire extended into the house through a rear wooden porch. P4 was added to the call as the RIT pumper. Two 2.5” lines were pulled for exposures, a third 2.5” was pulled and split into two 1.5” attack lines, and the two 1.5” bumper attack lines were also deployed. Heavy fire was knocked down in 20 minutes with overhaul taking another two hours. The fire ran up the walls of the house and into the roof necessitating interior and exterior overhaul of the steel roof and interior walls. This was a very hot humid day in southern Ontario with the high reaching 111F. Three additional pumpers and an aerial were dispatched to relieve crews on scene. Box 690 served 134 cold drinks, as well as snacks and lunch. Cooling towels were used by firefighters to cool down. Photos taken half an hour into the fire after setting up rehab. Damage estimates will exceed $250,000, cause still under investigation. Fire started in the rear beside one of the garages.

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Cambridge Fire Dispatch toned out North Dumfries Fire, Ayr Station for a confirmed barn fire at 3384 Roseville Road July 17 at 17:20.  Ayr responded with two 1,250-US-gallon pumpers, two 3,000-US-gallon tankers, and a rescue truck. Enroute to the fire they requested mutual aid tankers from New Dundee (3,000-US-gallons) and Kitchener (2,500-US-gallons). The barn was fully involved on arrival with two exposures; a house and a small driving shed to protect. The owner of the barn had just filled it with hundreds of bales of hay. Port-a-tanks were set up on the road and water was shuttled from a hydrant in Ayr approximately three miles from the scene. Firefighters were able to protect the exposures. Mutual aid tankers were released around 22:00 hours but Ayr had crews on scene until 22:00 the following night. They also responded back to the call almost daily to hose down hot spots until the hay was trucked away 11 days later and buried at a nearby farm. Box 690 provided rehab, serving two dinners, breakfast, and dropping in on a few of the daily returns to the scene. Firefighters consumed 200 drinks and 184 snack items the first night, a very hot and muggy evening. First night photos taken by Box 690 member Dave Westwood, approximately a half hour into the call. My shots were taken the next evening around 20:00.

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barn fire in North Dumfries township ON

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barn fire in North Dumfries township ON

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barn fire in North Dumfries township ON

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barn fire in North Dumfries township ON

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Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out Conestogo, Maryhill, Breslau, and St Jacobs for a fully-involved trailer fire on Katherine Street North at Line 86 August 10, 2018 at 14:00. The trailer was loaded with 20 bales of straw. Conestogo arrived on scene first reporting a fully-involved trailer, no exposure issues, and were setting up on the south side of the fire. Command advised Maryhill to respond with their pumper and tanker and set up on the north side of the fire off Line 86.

Numerous small and large hand lines were pulled from both pumpers. Water was shuttled from a cistern and then the dam in Winterbourne for the Conestogo pumper approximately 1.5 miles south of the scene. Water for Maryhill’s pumper was shuttled from a cistern two miles east of the fire. Center Wellington fire, Elora station arrived at the fire with a pumper and tanker having been dispatched by Guelph fire for smoke in the area. The border between Wellington and Waterloo County is approximately 1.5 miles from the fire. Elora firefighters checked with command to see if they would like their assistance. Due to the hot day command asked them to stay and help knock the fire down. They helped with water supply and firefighters went on air to relieve Woolwich crews.

Command requested Elmira fire respond with manpower and their tanker. The fire was knocked down in 40 minutes but overhaul lasted two hours as tractors had to pull the straw from the trailer, soak it down, then load in trailers to be driven to a nearby farm to be composted. This was the first fire for Conestogo’s pumper tanker that had just gone into service the week before. Box 690 provided rehab serving 135 cold drinks and 105 snack items. Photos and video taken 25 minutes into the call.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

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Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch received a 9-1-1 call for a house fire at 1242 King Street East July 13, 2018 at 00:37. P3, P4, A1, R1, and Car 23 were dispatched to the call. P3 arrived on scene reporting heavy fire venting 30 feet out the E2-E3 corner of the two-story house. Live wires were hanging down across the street preventing the quint from setting up in front of the house. P4 picked up a hydrant on the way for P3. Hydro was cut to the entire area to allow firefighters to enter the house. Crews pulled numerous lines from both pumpers to attack the fire. Interior crews were able to knock the fire down on the main floor and perform primary searches of the basement and main floor. Heavy fire and high heat prevented searching the second floor. Firefighters were pulled out to go defensive. P3 set up their aerial to attack the fire venting out the roof. The fire was knocked down approximately an hour after pulling out. Portions of the roof collapsed, but since firefighters were all exterior there were no injuries. Damaged was pegged at $500,000, no cause has been released at this time. Box 690 provided rehab on this warm summers night.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Kitchener Firefighters battle a house fire

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Kitchener Ontario fire dispatch toned out a full response for Elmira and Floradale, and tankers from St Jacobs and Conestogo for a barn fire at 1140 Floradale Road June 20 2018, at 2:00. Floradale arrived on scene first reporting a large barn fully involved with numerous exposures. They requested a full response from St Jacobs. Firefighters pulled numerous lines to protect a number of driving sheds and a generator building. Mutual aid was requested for a tanker from St Clements in nearby Wellesley Township. The barn collapsed approximately 15 minutes after arrival, but firefighters were able to save all the out buildings. Thirty cattle were lost in the fire. Water was shuttled from a hydrant two miles from the scene. The fire is believed to have started in a skid steer. Damage estimates range from $500,000 to $1,000,000. Box 690 provided rehab along with assistance from the Floradale Ladies Auxiliary.

Gary  Dinkel, Box 690

barn fire in Woolwich Township Ontario

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barn fire in Woolwich Township Ontario

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barn fire in Woolwich Township Ontario

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barn fire in Woolwich Township Ontario

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fire engine drafts from portable tanks during a fire

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fire engine drafts from portable tanks during a fire

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fire engine drafts from portable tanks during a fire

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fire engine drafts from portable tanks during a fire

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