Took in a job in Chicago’s fire prone 11th battalion at 8230 W. Berwyn Avenue 2/10/18. Pretty cut and dried but it appeared they hit two frozen hydrants (not sure … judging by my obervations alone). This job was 1/2 block from a good working fire on the same street about two weeks ago. Heavy snow made travel and parking on the side streets difficult and hydrants were pretty much buried in snow as well. I was able to shoot a little use of the stripping ladder … not something you can usually see from the street.
All the images and a quick video can be seen here:
Waterloo (ON) P1, P3, A1, and Car 23 were dispatched to a confirmed fire at 515 Conestoga Road January 6, 2018 at 21:50. Waterloo Regional Police responded to the building for a burglar alarm and discovered the fire. Car 23 had P4 added to the call as P3 was down one firefighter from a med call. P3 arrived and reported they had smoke coming from the large building and requested P1 pick up a hydrant on the way in. Firefighters pulled a 2.5” line and went into the building to attack the fire. A second 1.75” line was also charged and put to work inside the car repair shop. The fire was knocked down in 15 minutes. Overhaul took another hour. Box 690 provided rehab at the fire, pictures taken 20 minutes into the call. Temperatures were a bone chilling -11 F. This was our second fire of the day having provided rehab at a large fryer fire in a poultry plant in Cambridge.
Waterloo (ON) P1, A1, P4 and Car 23 were dispatched to a house fire at 87 Bridge Street West December 17, 2017 at 05:05. Car 23 was advised callers were reporting lots of visible fire from the house under renovation. The platoon chief requested an additional pumper, P3 after hearing the report. Pump 4 arrived on scene and reported a fully involved house fire with exposure problems on side B and D. Aerial 1 was set up in front of the building for tower operations. P4 pulled multiple lines from their truck as well as a 4” feeder line to A1. Pump 4 officer reported he was unable to do a complete 360 due to high radiant heat. Two, four-inch lines were hooked up from a hydrant right beside P4 to feed their pumper. The roof and second floor collapsed into the basement approximately 20 minutes into the call. Firefighters were able to protect all exposures. A car on the B side of the fire had a cracked front window and slightly melted side mirror. Damage has been pegged at $500,000 and the Ontario Fire Marshall has been called in to investigate the suspicious fire. Box 690 on scene providing rehab on this cold night, temperature was 12 F. Photos taken 25 minutes into the fire.
Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch received a call for smoke coming from the vents of a house at Lobsinger Line and Green Hills Road. Linwood and Wellesley stations were toned out on the first alarm January 11 at 14:00. A volunteer firefighter was just down the road at the township office and was on scene in two minutes reporting a working fire. St Clements Station was toned out on the second alarm as well as Box 690 at 14:04.
Crews found fire in the basement and main floor with extension up to the second floor walls. No one was home and the fire was knocked down in an hour. Extensive overhaul needed on all three floors.
Photos taken an hour into the fire when I arrived on scene with the Canteen Truck. Two Box 690 members had rehab set up by 14:30 from their personal vehicles. Approximately 25 firefighters on scene with three rescues, three pumpers, three tankers, and a 82’ quint. Water was shuttled from a nearby cistern at a local church.