Working fire in Wellesley Township Ontario

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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.

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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. 

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Firefighters battle winter house fire
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Wellesley Township Ontario firefighters worked a wood pile/mulch pile fire at 5051 Streicher Line, March 26 2018 at 14:50. Wellesley and Linwood responded with a full response and St Clements with their tanker. Water was initially drawn from a fire department reservoir two miles from the scene. Once command determined they were going to use more water than the reservoir held (20,000 imperial gallons), Linwood Pump 1 repositioned to a hydrant beside the Wellesley station, approximately five miles from the fire. Wellesley set up their aerial to drench the pile. A high reach was used to pull the pile apart. Crews were on scene over two hours, Box 690 provided rehab. Photos and video shot 40 minutes into the fire during overhaul.

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St Clements and Linwood ON firefighters were toned out at 2:58 for a barn fire at 3649 Hessen Strasse, January 7, 2018. The St Clements district chief could see a glow from the fire and requested a full turnout from Wellesley. St Clements P2 arrived on scene to a very large barn with multiple exposures and silos. P2 set up in the laneway to the farm and pulled multiple lines to protect exposures. Water was shuttled to the fire from a fire department reservoir up the road and from a hydrant in St Clements approximately 1.5 miles from the fire. Firefighters were able to save a small attached building and all other out buildings on the property. The temperature started around -11 F and only warmed up a few degrees later in the morning. The farmer lost some livestock, but was able to get most of his cattle from the barn. Pictures taken 25 minutes into the fire. Box 690 provided rehab for four hours.

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firefighters battle a barn fully engulfed in fire at night

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St Clements and Linwood (On) were dispatched for a structure fire at Broadway Metals, 3002 Broadway Street November 26 2017 at 22:00. Dispatch reported tires on fire beside the building. St Clements requested Wellesley’s tanker on route to the call. Pump 2 arrived on scene reporting heavy fire on the E3 side of the building with possible extension into the office. P2 set up for drafting and pulled multiple lines. Linwood P1 set up at the fire department reservoir located on the E1 – E4 side of the building. A four-inch line was deployed to the rear of the building from P1 and a portable hydrant was set up. Multiple lines were run off the portable hydrant. Command reported multiple double stacked skids with rubber dock bumpers on fire below grade beside the building. St Clements firefighters reported minor extension into the attic of the business. Command requested Wellesley’s aerial and rescue respond with manpower. The heavy fire was knocked down in 25 minutes with overhaul taking another couple of hours. The Ontario Fire Marshal was called in to investigate the suspicious fire. Box 690 provided rehab for 3.5 hours, our second fire that day. Members got to bed at 2 am and half an hour later were out to the Ellis Road fire in Wellington County, photos posted back in November. Photos taken 25 minutes into the fire.

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Kitchener (ON) fire dispatch toned out Linwood and St Clements fire departments for a working fire in a shop at 4540 Lawson Line, September 28 at 16:00. Wellesley deputy chief requested Wellesley station be added to the call once he came on the air. The fire started in an air collection system beside the 40 x 100’, aluminum sided building and spread into the walls and roof. The fire was knocked down quickly, but overhaul took two hours to pull siding and insulation from the walls and roof. Water was shuttled by tankers from a fire department cistern located one farm east of the fire. Photos were taken during overhaul, approximately 45 minutes into the call. Box 690 provided rehab to the 35 firefighters on scene.

Gary Dinkel, Box 690

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Wellesley Township Fire Department decal

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firefighter with hose douses smoldering fire

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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.

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barn and silo destroyed by fire in Canada

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