The Lincolnshire-Riverwoods FPD (LRFPD) in Illinois was called to 24341 Elm Road early Friday morning (6/2/17) for the report of an ATV on fire. A followup call apparently notified dispatchers that the fire had spread to the attached garage. Lake Forest Engine 422 arrived first and advised that they had a fully-involved garage fire. LRFPD Engine 52, Squad 51, and Battalion 51 arrived right behind the first engine and all three suppression units exhausted their tank water on the initial attack. Countryside Engine 411 arrived with the Lincolnshire units and supplied their tank water inline as well. The home is located in an unincorporated area of Lake Forest without hydrants.
On arrival, Battalion 51 upgraded the alarm to a Code 4 for the working fire and simultaneously a MABAS Box Alarm was struck which would bring several water tankers in addition to supplemental fire suppression companies. Portable tanks were dropped from two tankers. While Long Grove drafted from the portable tanks supplying the engines at the scene, tankers from Countryside, Wauconda, Grayslake, and the Palatine Rural FPD shuttled water to the scene from a hydrant roughly a mile away.
The fire was largely contained to the garage with some extension into the house and attic.
Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out Floradale, Elmira, St Jacobs, and Conestogo fire departments for a large shed fire at 7733 Reid Woods Drive, May 17 2017 at 12:40. Floradale arrived to a fully involved, 125’ x 40’ steel shed which contained a saw mill at one end, straw in the middle, and skids of corrugated boxes used to pack straw for sale at the other end. The southern end of the shed had large piles of wood ready to be cut that were also on fire. Temperature was in the mid 80’s with 20-35 mph north – east winds blowing embers at a wooden work shop 20 feet from the shed, a house, and a large barn less than 50 feet away.
The shed was already lost on arrival, so firefighters worked to save the other structures. The barn caught fire inside and out. Crews did a great job of knocking the fires in the barn quickly and saving all the other buildings. St Clements was added to the call for manpower as well as tankers from Waterloo and Linwood to augment water supply. Seven tankers shuttled 75 loads of water (164,500 imperial gallons, 197,400 US gallons) from two fill stations in Elmira a couple of miles from the scene.
Box 690 with the assistance of the Floradale Ladies Auxiliary provided rehab. Thirty five firefighters consumed over 300 cold drinks, as well as 70 freezies, numerous sandwiches, and snacks.
Units on scene or at fill stations in Elmira:
Floradale pumper, tanker, rescue
Elmira pumper, tanker, rescue (quint aerial on standby for other calls with four firefighters)
St Jacobs pumper, tanker, rescue
Conestogo pumper, tanker, rescue
St Clements pumper, rescue
City of Waterloo, tanker
Gary Dinkel, Box 690
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A large barn at Circle M Ranch located at 2927 Cottageville Hwy (US Hwy 17-A) north of Walterboro was destroyed in an early morning fire 23-January. At 00:28 a passerby reported to 9-1-1 that the building was on fire and the roof have already collapsed. Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue units arrived minutes later to find the approximately 4,500 sq. ft. barn fully involved. Little of the building was still standing.
Firefighters deployed multiple hand lines to combat the blaze. A water shuttle operation was initiated for water supply. Crews contended with high winds which were a contributing factor in the rapid spread of the fire. The Circle M Ranch boards, sells, and trains horses. Most of the horses escaped injury, however one horse perished in the fire.
Firefighters were on the scene for three hours. Heavy thunderstorms were in the area most of the day and evening, bringing high winds, rain, and lightning. The fire is suspected to have been storm related, but the cause is still under investigation.
Engine 19, Engine 27, Engine 36, Tender 1, Tender 9, Tender 19, Tender 26, Tender 27, Medic 1, Medic 9, Medic 19, Battalion 1, Car 109, and Car 111 responded. Battalion Chief Ben Heape served as Incident Commander.
Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue
The Long Grove FPD (IL) was dispatched with mutual aid companies to the area of Old McHenry Road and Cuba Road Friday night (9/16/16) just after 9:30PM for a reported house fire. The location is just blocks from the fire station and the Long Grove units were in the area within minutes of the call. They found a vacant house in disrepair off of Shagbark Lane with heavy fire.
The Code 3 dispatch was quickly upgraded to a Code 4 for the working fire. Nine units were due on the initial dispatch including three tankers and another 12 units with five tenders were due on the Code 4 along with several chief officers.
Long Grove Squad 55 and Tanker 55 used 4,000 gallons of water which was quickly supplemented by another 3,200 gallons from the Wauconda tanker and 1,000 gallons from Lake Zurich Engine 4 as a water supply operation was implemented with a tanker shuttle.
Eventually a Box Alarm and then a 2nd Alarm for tenders only brought multiple additional resources to the scene.
Kitchener, Ontario fire dispatch toned out Wellesley and St Clements for a barn fire at 4610 Hessen Strasse, August 9 at 7:35. Wellesley Township acting chief requested dispatch tone out Linwood for a full response as well. The large barn was fully involved on arrival. The owners of the property were using a garden hose to try to cool a driving shed next to the barn. This quick thinking likely saved the building. All firefighting was defensive. Command requested a crew to the scene from Baden to assist in suppression. Due to drought conditions in the Township, and a total fire ban, command made the decision to totally extinguish the fire. A large backhoe was used to pull the barn apart. Water was originally shuttled from a fire department cistern half a mile from the scene. Once emptied water was shuttled from a large spring fed pond two miles from the scene. The fire was declared out at 15:00. Fortunately the farmer had just sold 100 head of cattle, but lost six cows and a horse in the fire. Damage has been pegged at between $300,000 and $400,000. Box 690 provided rehab serving breakfast and lunch to the 35 firefighters on scene. Firefighters consumed 267 cold drinks over the course of the day.
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.