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Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out Wellesley, St Clements, and Linwood for a barn fire at 4176 Lobsinger Line, April 29 at 17:51. St Clements reported a thermal column on route and requested St Jacobs’ tanker. The barn had had numerous additions over the years and measured approximately 200×50’ at the front, with a second section at the rear approximately 100×70’, and a third 50×50’ section added on to the middle section. The barn was mostly to the ground on arrival with a favorable strong wind blowing away from a large driving shed and harness making shop, and two large houses.

St Clements’ pump set up by the barn, running numerous lines around the structure, and feeding Wellesley’s aerial. A four-inch line was laid in from the road. The Wellesley pumper drafted from three port-a-tanks to feed St Clements’ pumper. Water was initially shuttled from nearby fire department cisterns, and then from a hydrant in St Clements. A number of cattle were removed from the barn before firefighters arrived.

170 pigs, 250 piglets, and 30 cows perished in the blaze. Damage has been set at $700,000. Box 690 provided rehab. Photos taken 35 minutes after dispatch.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

barn fire in Wellesley Township ON
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Mack Thibault aerial working at fire scene
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barn destroyed by fire
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Mack Thibault aerial working at fire scene
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Mack Thibault aerial working at fire scene
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barn fire in Wellesley Township ON
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Mack Thibault aerial working at fire scene
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Box 690 Rehab unit
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Kitchener, Ontario fire dispatch toned out Wellesley, Linwood, and St Clements firefighters for a possible fire at 1715 Greenwood Hill Road February 15 at 15:15. As the stations were being dispatched, you could hear the phones ringing in the background and the dispatchers asking what was on fire. Units reported a thermal column as they turned north onto Greenwood Hill Road from the main road in Wellesley. They reported a two-story house fully involved on arrival, and that all firefighting was going to be defensive. A four-inch line was dropped in the icy laneway out to the road to supply water. There are two ponds used for water in summer right across the street from the laneway. Unfortunately firefighters couldn’t cut through the ice safely to access the pond so they had to drive a mile back down Greenwood Hill Road to catch a hydrant for the tanker relay.

A collapse zone was setup and firefighters pulled four lines to attack the fire. The second floor collapsed ten minutes after arrival, and the bulk of the fire was knocked down in one hour. An excavator was brought in around 21:00 to pull the building apart to get at hot spots in the basement.

Box 690 provided dinner and warm drinks to the 35 firefighters on scene. Damage will exceed $250,000, and the cause is undetermined. 

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Township Of Wellesley fire engine Freightliner
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rural water supply at fire scene with multiple portable tanks
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Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Thibault aerial works at fire scene
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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

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

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All three Wellesley Township, Ontario stations were dispatched to an attic fire at 4350 Hessen Strasse at 13:55. Car 1 arrived on scene and reported light smoke in the 2,000 square-foot metal fabrication shop. Firefighters found a small fire in the attic at the E3 – E4 corner of the building. Crews pulled one line to the interior and used one line off the aerial to quickly knock the fire down. Box 690 provided rehab at the fire.

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Wellesley Township FD fire trucks

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Thibault fire truck at fire scene

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fire engine dumps into portable tank

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Wellesley Township FD fire truck

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Thibault fire truck at fire scene

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Thibault fire truck at fire scene

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Wellesley Township FD fire truck

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fire engine drafts from portable tank

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June 3, 2015 7:19 pm all three Wellesley Township stations responded to a shop fire at Mennonite farm on Road 116. Mutual Aid was requested from the Shakespeare Fire Department in Perth County. The fire was knocked down in 30 minutes. Water was shuttled from a cistern approximately 1.5 miles from the scene. Box 690 provided rehab for the call. The location of the fire is the longest run for the canteen, approximately 22 miles from the hall.

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Wellesley Township FD rescue squad

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Thibault fire truck in Wellesley Township Canada drafts from a portable tank

Porta tanks set up on road, Wellesley aerial relay pumped to Wellesley pumper. Gary Dinkel photo

fire department water tenders at a fire scene in Canada

Linwood and Wellesley 2,500 Imperial (3,000 US) gallon tankers. Gary Dinkel photo

Wellesley Township Freightliner fire truck

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Freight liner fire truck in Canada

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