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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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fire engine drafts from portable tanks during a fire

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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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fire trucks in Woolwich Township Ontario

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Kitchener, Ontario Fire Dispatch toned out St Jacobs, Elmira, and Conestogo fire departments for a house fire at 1165 Apple Grove Road, June 9 2018 at 22:00. St Jacobs’ district chief arrived on scene first and reported heavy fire showing from the basement of the house. St Jacobs pumper set up in front of the house and pulled two 1.75” lines and a 2.5” line for a Blitzfire attack. St Jacobs tanker reverse laid 850’ of high vol line to the east of a fire to a large parking lot where Conestogo’s pumper set for water relay. Tankers filled at a hydrant approximately half a mile away. The fire was knocked down in 20 minutes. Regional Police arrested a woman and charged her with a number offenses in regard to the fire. Damage will exceed $300,000. Box 690 provided rehab for the 25 firefighters on scene.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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fire truck in Canada drafts from portable tanks

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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fire engine in Woolwich Township Ontario

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Firefighters in Woolwich Township Ontario battle a house fire at night

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Box 690 Rehab at a fire scene on Woolwich Township Ontario

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Firefighters at aerial ladder tip on roof with heavy smoke

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Kitchener fire dispatch toned out Wellesley and St Clements fire departments to a confirmed structure fire at 3648 Nafziger Road in the Village of Wellesley, May 27, 2018 at 12:35. The Wellesley deputy chief was first on the air. Dispatch advised they had had eight calls on the fire and the phone was ringing in the background. The deputy reported smoke showing from his residence a few blocks away and requested Linwood and Box 690 and the second alarm. Once on scene he reported fire through the roof of an apartment building and requested a third alarm for a full turnout from Wilmot Township Baden station, and New Hamburg’s aerial. Two hydrants were picked up, one by Wellesley’s pumper and the other by Linwood’s pumper. St Clements’ pumper set up down the road at the dam and relay pumped to New Hamburg’s aerial. Multiple lines were stretched around the building to attack the fire. The fire spread through the roof to the front of the building. All firefighting was defensive. Crews were able to do primary searches of the main floor and basement at the rear of the building, and all three levels of the front building before being pulled out. The temperature with the humidity factored in was 92 F. Crews were rotated through rehab to cool down with cooling towels, Kore cooling chairs, and freezies along with 271 cold drinks. The fire was knocked down in two hours. The Ontario Fire Marshall was called in to investigate the fire as the damage will exceed $500,000. Box 690 was on scene four hours providing rehab to the more than 50 firefighters.

Units on scene:

  • Wellesley Township

  • Wellesley Station, Pump 3, Rescue 3, Aerial 3

  • St Clements Station, Pump 2, Rescue 2, Tanker 2

  • Linwood Station, Pump 1, Rescue 1, Tanker 1

  • Wilmot Township

  • Baden Station, Pump 1, Pump 2, Rescue 7, Tanker 5, Tanker 6

  • New Hamburg Station, Aerial 39

  • Box 690

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The Cambridge Ontario fire department dispatched A3, P2, P1, P5, R1, and Car 6 for a possible structure fire at 509 Speedsville Road May 20 2018, at 19:45. A3 arrived on scene and reported a large, two-story, stone building with fire on the second floor, and defensive firefighting only. The area has limited hydrants, but one was right in front of the property. Two 4” lines were connected to the hydrant to feed A3 and P2. Water pressure was very low so a portable pump was set up in the Speed River approximately 250’ from the fire to augment water supply. A4, the last truck in the city was added to the call once they cleared a med call.

Additional firefighters were called in to staff spare equipment and were rotated to the fire over the course of the night. P5 reverse laid approximately 1200 feet of 4” hose to a second hydrant and relay pumped to A4 once they arrived and set up. Multiple lines were pulled to attack the fire from three sides. Both aerials flowed water once the fire broke through the roof. The second floor had two apartments and storage rooms that were loaded with household materials and furniture. Firefighters worked for hours before bringing the fire under control at 1:30. A3 and A4 were repositioned around 1:00. P2, P1 and P5 cleared the scene over the next couple of hours. Crews were rotated back to the fire over the next nine hours. Box 690 provided rehab.

Photos and videos were taken 20 minutes into the call after running off a nearby golf course to get to the fire.

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In the following days, a female has been charged with arson for the fire.

Cambridge Ontario Firefighters battling a fire

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Kitchener (On) fire dispatch toned out P2, A2, P3, R1, and Car 23 for an alarm ringing at 9 Bingeman Street May 5 at 9:00. P2 arrived and reported nothing visible. A quick 360 changed the report to a working fire with flames visible at the rear of the apartment. P1 was added to the call at this time. P2 pulled two 1.5” lines in the front while P3 pulled a line to the rear and up the stairs to fight the fire. Crews had a quick knock on the fire, and firefighters were able to get the pets out of the second floor. The fire was contained to the second floor with smoke and water damage to the attic and main floor. Box 690 provided rehab, shots taken 15 minutes into the fire.

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scene of Kitchener house fire

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scene of Kitchener house fire

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Kitchener FD Pump 3

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scene of Kitchener house fire

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Kitchener FD Aerial 2

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Kitchener FD Pump 8

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scene of Kitchener house fire

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Cambridge (ON) fire dispatch 9-1-1 lines lit up May 1 at 17:00 reporting a townhouse on fire at 135 Chalmers Street South. Four of the five Cambridge stations responded. P5 arrived first and reported two, possibly three town houses fully involved. Firefighters picked up three hydrants and set up A4 to attack the fire. The fifth station was added shortly after the PC arrived on scene and took command. Crews successfully trenched the roof preventing the fire from spreading further down the block. The fire was knocked down in 45 minutes. Damage has been set at $1,000,000. The Ontario Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of the fire. All occupants and animals were able to get safely out of their units.

Early shots are from Box 690 member Brent Mackie who was less than a mile from the fire on dispatch.

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heavy fire burning townhouses

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aftermath of townhouse fire in Cambridge ON

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Firefighters operate hose lines at townhouse fire

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Firefighters operate hose lines at townhouse fire

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Firefighters battle townhouse fire

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Firefighters operate hose lines at townhouse fire

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Firefighters operate hose lines at townhouse fire

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Firefighters battle townhouse fire

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