Kitchener (ON) Fire dispatch received multiple calls for a house fire at 31 Pattandon Ave, 8 September 2018, at 8:40. P1, P3, R1, A2, and Car 23 were dispatched on the first alarm. A contractor working across the street helped the elderly occupant escape the fully charged house with her two dogs before firefighters arrived. P3 arrived on scene first reporting multiple garages, and a large tree on fire in the rear with extension into the house. Crews were split between the garages in the rear and the house. Fire extended into the house through a rear wooden porch. P4 was added to the call as the RIT pumper. Two 2.5” lines were pulled for exposures, a third 2.5” was pulled and split into two 1.5” attack lines, and the two 1.5” bumper attack lines were also deployed. Heavy fire was knocked down in 20 minutes with overhaul taking another two hours. The fire ran up the walls of the house and into the roof necessitating interior and exterior overhaul of the steel roof and interior walls. This was a very hot humid day in southern Ontario with the high reaching 111F. Three additional pumpers and an aerial were dispatched to relieve crews on scene. Box 690 served 134 cold drinks, as well as snacks and lunch. Cooling towels were used by firefighters to cool down. Photos taken half an hour into the fire after setting up rehab. Damage estimates will exceed $250,000, cause still under investigation. Fire started in the rear beside one of the garages.
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