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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Elmira (Ontario) fire was dispatched to a confirmed structure fire at 50 Aspen Crescent January 27 at 6:02. P1 arrived on scene to heavy fire venting out the front of the two-story, semi-detached house. Command requested Floradale on the second alarm shortly after arrival. The fire was knocked down in 30 minutes, all firefighting was defensive due to concerns of holes in the floor.
Crews went interior once all the visible fire was knocked down. Damage has been pegged at $350,000. The concrete fire wall between the units prevented the fire from spreading next door. Box 690 provided rehab to the 40 firefighters on scene. Photos start approximately 40 minutes into the fire.
Units on scene: Elmira Pump 1, Tank 2, Aerial 3, Rescue 4; Floradale Pump 1, Tank 2, Rescue 3; Box 690
Elmira, Ontario firefighters were toned out for a possible house fire at 22 Church St East, February 16 2016. Dispatch updated responding crews that there was a 19-year-old victim on the roof of the house, and an Elmira firefighter on scene confirmed a working fire. Foradale Fire was requested as heavy smoke was coming from the second floor on arrival. Crews made a quick knock on the fire. The Ontario Fire Marshall was called in to investigate the fire, and the 19-year-old occupant was arrested the following day and charged with arson. Box 690 provided rehab for the call.