Updates: April to October, 2014

April 6 17:00, Kitchener P4 dispatched for a car fire off Hidden Valley Road. Car was off roading well off the road and was fully involved on arrival. P4 requested A4 and R1 for additional manpower as they had to pull a lot of hose to get to the car. One member on scene served 15 drinks

March 1 15:00, Kitchener, P6 P1 Tanker 1 A2 R1 Car 23 dispatched to 2232 Trussler Road for a house fire. P2 was getting fuel asked PC if he should respond as third pumper. PC added truck to call, and P2 ended up being the first truck on scene reporting smoke showing, asked tanker come in next for water supply. Multiple lines pulled, fire was knocked down quickly. Five members on scene 1.5 hours served 29 drinks and 15 snacks. Damage pegged at $60,000.

6 May 20:25, Kitchener P1 P2 A2 R1 Car 23 dispatched for a house fire 199 Lorne Ave. P5 was added to call as dispatch was receiving multiple calls on the fire. Fire was venting out bay window on arrival, multiple lines and hydrant picked up. Fire was knocked down quickly, lots of overall, house was very cluttered. Two members on scene1.5 hours served 38 drinks and 23 snacks.

9 May 18:06, Kitchener P1 P3 A2 R1 and Car 23 were dispatched to 308 Mill St for an alarm ringing. P1 arrived on scene and reported nothing showing and the homeowner reported he didn’t know why the alarm was going off. A quick 360 of the house revealed smoke showing from the upstairs. P5 was added to the call, crews found a fire in a bedroom and quickly knocked it down. Three members on scene one hour, served 36 drinks.

12 May 19:20, Floradale, Elmira (tanker and pumper), St Jacobs, and Conestogo tanker were dispatched for a barn fire at 5710 Arthur St North. Floradale arrived on scene and reported hay on fire in the barn, and the owners had a small hose on the fire. Elmira set up their pumper just off the laneway going into the farm beside a small creek. They were able to dike the creek and draft from it. A 900’ supply line was laid from the pumper up to the Floradale pumper. Two attack lines were pulled into the barn. The fire was knocked down quickly. All the hay had to be removed from the barn. This process was very labour intensive and took about an hour to a remove. Three members on scene and rolled the truck. Served 69 drinks and 56 snacks.

May 18 1:30, Waterloo P1 A1 P2 Car 23 dispatched to 93 Marshall St for a house fire. P1 arrived on scene and reported a car on fire in the car port with extension into the house. P4 was added to the call. Crews worked for more than an hour to fully extinguish the fire. Damage has been set at $250,000. Three members on scene two hours served 41 drinks and 25 snacks.

May 19 17:00, Cambridge P5 A3 A1 A44 R1 and Car 6 dispatched for a house fire at 529 Church St S. Small fire in basement, knocked down quickly. One member on scene half an hour served 12 drinks.

9 June 17:15, Waterloo P4 P1 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to 185 Bridge St. for smoke coming from a large shed at the rear of Bechtel Park. Crews arrived on scene with heavy smoke coming from a City of Waterloo storage shed. P1 picked up a hydrant and P4 firefighters pulled a 2.5” line in the front door. Crews had trouble at first finding the seat of the fire. A Gator was found on fire in the middle of the building and quickly extinguished. Two members on scene one hour, served 24 drinks and 29 snacks.

13 June 00:30, Cambridge P2 T1 A1 P5 A3 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 351 Townline Road for a shed fire. Cambridge covers this side of Townline Road for first hour for Puslinch Fire Department. P2 arrived on scene to a fully involved shed, well off the road. Puslinch fire was dispatched as the fire was going to take more than an hour to extinguish. Puslinch responded with two pumpers, two tankers and rescue. Port a tanks were set up on the road to feed water to P2. Two hand lines were used for the next two hours to knock the fire down. The tin shed measured approximately 80 x 40, was full of hay bales. One member responded served 52 drinks and 28 snacks.

15 June 14:16, Kitchener P5 P1 A4 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 158 Bankside Dr  for a possible house fire at. P5 arrived on scene and reported light smoke showing from front door. P1 picked up a hydrant on way in. P5 firefighters pulled a 1.5” line into house and found a dryer on fire in the laundry room. The fire was quickly knocked down with an extinguisher. One member on scene half an hour, served 15 drinks.

17 June 15:15, Kitchener P1 P3 R1 A2 and Car 23 dispatched to 50 Borden Ave South at Charles for smoke in building. This block long former twine manufacturing building has been converted into multiple businesses on three floors. Crews found heavy smoke in the building prompting command to add P7, P2 and A4 to the call. Firefighters searched the building for 20 minutes before finding the fire. An electrical panel failed, the wall caught fire and the fire burned a hole through the wooden floor. The fire was knocked down quickly. Two members on scene and rolled truck as a member was in hall at time of call. Served 52 drinks and 12 snacks.

17 June 18:30, St Jacobs, Conestogo, Elmira tanker, Floradale tanker dispatched to 1045 Benjamin Road for a possible agricultural structure fire. Minutes later as crews were responding, dispatch advised there had been a small explosion and confirmed there was a fire in the barn. St Jacobs pumper arrived on scene and reported a large L shaped barn was fully involved. Port a tanks were set up in the laneway, crews pulled multiple lines. First line went to a small shed 15 feet from the barn that contained large totes of methanol, which was used to manufacture bio diesel fuel. Firefighters protected the shed and had the tanks removed. Elmira P1 and Waterloo’s tanker were requested to the scene to augment water supply. The fire was contained to the barn, all firefighters except for St Jacobs were released from the scene by midnight. Four members and truck on scene six hours, served 186 drinks 206 snacks, 12 pizza’s.

20 June 11:00, Kitchener P1 R1 Hazmat 1 P6 A4 and Car 23 dispatched for ammonia smell in the building at 235 Ardelt Ave. Firefighters set up a full haz mat scene as there was high levels of ammonia at the shipping door to the building. Crews ventilated the structure and worked with responsible party to mitigate the leak in an ice machine that was being decommissioned. One member responded to call at noon, dropped off 20 drinks.

21 June 15:50, Waterloo P1 P3 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to 300 Regina St N for a car fire in the underground parking lot. Smoke was visible from Station 1 when crews pulled out of hall. P2 was added to the call at this time. Once on scene firefighters had to establish water supply to the lower level of the garage to knock the fire down. One member on scene one hour, served 17 drinks and 14 snacks.

22 June 16:20, Kitchener P1 R1 Haz Mat 1 P4 A4 dispatched to 235 Ardelt Ave for ammonia in building. Same scenario as previous call two days earlier. P5 was added as the RIT pumper, crews were on scene ventilating the building for hours. Draeger ammonia tubes were requested from Cambridge fire, as well as additional chemical suits. A Cambridge Box 690 member picked up the extra equipment and delivered it to the scene. Four  members and truck on scene 2.5 hours, served 53 drinks, 39 snacks, and two fruit trays.

23 June 5:31, Kitchener P4 A4 P3 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 14 Volta Ave for a house fire. P4 had smoke visible on approach and requested a third pumper (P1). P4 firefighters pulled two lines to the basement to fight the fire. Crews knocked the fire down quickly. One member on scene one hour, served 15 drinks.

24 June 15:13, Kitchener P4 A2 P1 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 237 Clarke Ave for a confirmed structure fire. P6 was added to the call as responding crews could see a large thermal column. P1 and P4 arrived on scene and both trucks picked up hydrants. 243 was well involved, and 237 had fire showing in the attic. P6 was instructed to catch a third hydrant and pull a 2.5” line for exposure control on the E2 side of the building. P3 was also added as the fourth pumper. Numerous 1.5” and 2.5” lines were used to control the fire. The fire started in the car port of 243 damaging two cars and two motorcycles, and spread to 237 Clarke. Damage was pegged at $600,000. Four members on scene and rolled truck, served 111 drinks and 59 snacks.

25 June 19:00, Cambridge P5 A1 R1 A4 and Car 6 dispatched for a gas leak in the area of Franklin and Hilltop. Crews searched the area and found an old processing plant with high levels of gas outside the building. Box 690 was requested an hour into the call, we don’t respond to haz mat calls until requested. A4 caught a hydrant, and pulled two lines to the building before opening up the unit. Three members and truck on scene, served 43 drinks and 36 snacks.

26 June 10:00, Cambridge A1 R1 P5 A3 P2 and Car 6 dispatched to 155 Sheldon Ave for smoke in the building. A1 arrived on scene and met with an RP at rear of building. Light smoke was visible in the manufacturing area of the plant. Crews searched the building and roof for the source of the smoke. They found a burnt out motor that was creating the problem. One member on scene half an hour served 17 drinks.

26 June 15:00, Kitchener P6 P4 A4 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 171 Apple Ridge Dr, J.W. Gerth Public School for a fire alarm. P6 arrived on scene, full evacuation and report of a smoke in the electrical room on the second floor. Fire was knocked down quickly with extinguishers, lots of smoke to clear. Two members on scene three hours, served 34 drinks and 3 snacks.

4 July 17:54, Cambridge A3 P2 A1 P5  R1 Car 6 dispatched to 1055 Fountain St North, Toyota plant for fire in machine in the plant. A3 arrived on scene and reported small fire in a machine, same area as a previous fire. Fire was knocked down quickly, light overhaul pulling filters from machine. Two members on scene 1.5 hours, served 20 drinks.

4 July 19:34, Cambridge P5 A4 A1 P2 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 73 Chalmers St for a shed fire. P5 arrived on scene and reported a working fire with extension into the house. Firefighters worked 20 minutes to knock the fire down, lots of overhaul on house. One member on scene one hour, served 37 drinks.

6 July 12:38, Waterloo P2 P3 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to 621 Salzburg Dr for a house fire. P2 reported smoke visible as they pulled out of the hall, prompting Car 23 to request P1 to the scene. A large two story upscale home was fully involved on arrival. P2 and A1 set up their aerials and flowed water. Two hydrants were used, multiple 1.75” and 2.5” lines were used to fight the fire. Crews knocked the bulk of the fire from the exterior in 20 minutes before pulling lines inside to work on hot spots. Damage was pegged at $600,000. Three members and truck on scene two hours served 64 drinks and one snack item.

6 July 17:06, Cambridge A3 P2 A1 P5 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to King and Union for fire in a variety store. A3 arrived on scene with light smoke showing from the rear of the store. A1 picked up a hydrant, two 1.75” lines were pulled to the rear storage area of the store. Firefighters knocked down the fire quickly. One member on scene 45 minutes served 15 drinks and 9 snacks.

July 6 19:40, Baden dispatched 40 Honderich Place for alarm ringing. P1 arrived and reported light smoke in the home after doing their 360. Crews searched the house on air, had trouble finding the source of the smoke. Firefighters found a serious electrical issue which was causing the smoke. One member on scene on hour served 18 drinks.

10 July 00:38, Cambridge P2 A1 P5 A3 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 330 Pinebush Road for a factory fire. A1 reported heavy smoke banking down to the road on arrival. The front portion of the building was approximately 250 x 80, with an addition on the rear which was approximately 250 x 160. Crews advanced lines in the front of the factory and couldn’t find the fire. As they gained access to the rear of the building they found a couple of pallets with unknown material on fire. Firefighters said they have not pulled that much hose in years, emptying a couple of the trucks. Three members on scene three hours, served 51 drinks.

16 July 15:00, Kitchener P1 P7 R1 A4 Car 23 dispatched to 55 Old Carriage Drive for a house fire. Station six was a block from the call but they were in WSTREC training. P1 had visible smoke approximately a mile from the call. P3 was added as the RIT pumper on this report. Fire was venting out the back bedroom window on arrival. Fortunately the homeowner closed the door to the room when the smoke detector went off, limiting the damage to the house. P7 picked up a hydrant, P1 pulled two lines inside and knocked the fire down quickly. Fire was contained to the bedroom, damage pegged at $70,000. Three members on scene 1.5 hours, served 26 drinks.

19 July 5:20, Kitchener P2 A2 P3 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 25 Krug St for a house fire. P2 arrived on scene and reported fire venting from the second floor window on E2. P1 was added as the RIT pumper. P3 picked up a hydrant for P2. A 2.5” line was pulled to the rear to hit the heavy fire on the second story of the house. Once the heavy fire was knocked down, two 1.5” lines were pulled into the interior to knock down the balance of the fire. Damage was pegged at $150,000. Four members on scene two hours, served 36 drinks and 27 snacks.

22 July 5:38, Kitchener P2 A2 P3 P1 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 342 Louisa St for a structure fire. Dispatch added the extra pumper on first dispatch as they could see the smoke from fire. P2 arrived on scene to a major fire, reporting a seven unit townhouse under construction fully involved, a second seven unit townhouse well involved, and a third five unit townhouse in serious trouble. P7 and A4 were added to the call on this report. P2, P3 P1 and P7 all caught hydrants, and pulled numerous 1.5” and 2.5” lines around the building. P1 and A2 both set up their aerials and flowed water. The fire extended into the front occupied units, 342 and 344 Louisa. It took firefighters two hours to bring the fire under control. Two seven unit buildings one 80% constructed, and the second framed and starting to be bricked were completely destroyed. Three occupied units were heavily damaged. OFM, KFD Fire Prevention and Regional detectives are investigating the fire. Arson is suspected in the $5 million dollar fire. Four members on scene nine hours, served 216 drinks, 40 snacks, two fruit trays, 45 egg McMuffins, and 10 subs. Photos from fire at www.firescenes.net

22 July 22:45, Kitchener P2 P3 R1 Car 23 dispatched back to 342 Louisa St for a structure fire. A4 was on scene for fire watch at the rear of the building. P4 was near the call getting fuel, and responded as the third pumper. A4 had checked the front of the building 15 minutes before the call came in. P2 reported fire showing from the burnt out unit and pulled a 1.5” line up to the second floor. The fire was knocked down quickly. Firefighters had to pull some of the outside wall apart to get to hot spots. Overhaul took another half hour. One member on scene one hour, served 22 drinks.

23 July 11:30, one member returned to Louisa St to refill food and drink coolers that were left on scene the previous day. Firefighters and investigators consumed 12 drinks and 40 snack items.

4 August 13:43, Kitchener P2 A2 P3 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 48 Weber St West for a unknown odor in the apartment building. Once on scene P2 requested the Haz Mat unit due to a strong odour in the hallways. Crews went on air to evacuate tenants from the large three story apartment. After a thorough room by room search, firefighters surmised someone had sprayed bear spray throughout the halls. The building was ventilated over the next two hours. Tenants were sheltered from the heat in a city bus. This call had a twist in the end. Crews encountered bed bugs throughout the building. Command requested P1 bring the steam cleaning device from HQ to steam firefighters gear. Three members on scene two hours, served 95 drinks, 21 snacks, 12 fruit bowls, and 12 yogurt and fruit bowls.

19 August 16:00, Cambridge A3 A1 P5 P2 R1 and Car 6 dispatched to 1444 Queenston Road for a house fire. A3 arrived on scene to smoke and fire showing and asked A1 to pick up the hydrant. Firefighters pulled two lines into the basement to knock the fire down. Lots of overhaul at this fire, on a hot summer day. Damage will exceed $100,000. Two members on scene two hours, served 74 drinks and 26 snacks.

19 August 20:40, Waterloo P2 P1 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to 62 Helene Crescent for a kitchen fire. P4 was added to the call while crews were responding. Fire was contained to the kitchen, heavy smoke damage to rest of home, damage pegged at $55,000. Two members on scene one hour, served 20 drinks.

21 August 0:20, Waterloo P3 P4 A1 and Car 23 dispatched to 539 Parkside Drive for an apartment fire. P1 was added to call before P3 arrived on scene. First report was fire showing from a first floor unit. Fire was knocked down in 15 minutes, lots of smoke to clear from the large three story complex. Two members on scene two hours, served 38 drinks and 18 snacks.

22 August 20:00, Kitchener P1 P4 A4 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to smoke coming from the rail yard under the Block Line Road Bridge near Courtland Ave. Firefighters had trouble getting a line to the fire. P6 was added to the call and directed to Balzer Road to see if they could get close to the burning rail car. Firefighters had to work off the bridge, dropping a line down to the yard. A fire had been set in an old wooden box car. The fire was quickly extinguished. Firefighters were called back to the same call the next day. One member responded to both calls, served 23 drinks, which had to be lowered by rope from the bridge.

27 August 4:25, Cambridge P5 A4 A3 R1 A1 and Car 6 dispatched to 106 State St for a house fire. P5 Arrived on scene and reported an older two story home fully involved. A4 picked up a hydrant and set up in front of the building. Their ladder was set up and used as well as numerous 1.75” and 2.5” lines. P2 was added to the call and off duty crews were called in to staff spare apparatus. This was a grueling fire for crews, fire took over an hour to knock down. There was lots of overhaul throughout the house. Damage was pegged at $350,000. Three members on scene 4.5 hours, served 97 drinks, 48 snacks, and 20 Egg McMuffins.

28 August 18:10, Cambridge P2 A1 A33 P4 R1 T1 and Car 6 dispatched to 20 Maryann Price Lane for a house fire. P2 arrived on scene and reported a working basement fire after conducting the 360. A1 picked up a hydrant and crews stretched lines into the basement. The homeowner reported there were four cats in the residence. Firefighters found the cats, and all but one was revived on scene. Fire was knocked down quickly, cause careless smoking. Damage was pegged at $75,000. Two members on scene 1.5 hours, served 41 drinks.

29 August 11:00, Cambridge A1 P2 P5 A3 R1 and Car 6 dispatched for an explosion in the basement of 620 Hespeler Road, Williams Coffee Pub. An electrical panel in the basement malfunctioned causing a small bang and fire. The fire was out when firefighters entered the smoky basement. One member on scene half an hour, served 17 drinks.

6 September 20:25, Cambridge A1 R1 P2 A3 P5 and Car 6 dispatched to 1001 Langs Drive for smoke in the strip mall. Fire was set in a beauty shop to hide a break in. Firefighters knocked the fire down quickly, damage was pegged at $80,000. Three members on scene two hours, served 41 drinks and 9 snacks.

9 September 5:30, Cambridge P5 A4 A1 R1 P2 T1 and Car 6 dispatched to 51 Bermuda Lane in Branchton for a shed fire. P5 arrived on scene and reported a backyard shed was fully involved and possible extension into the house. Firefighters knocked the fire down quickly, only siding on the house was damaged. An ATV and dune buggy were lost in the fire. One member on scene two hours, served 24 drinks and 8 snacks.

23 September 9:30, Baden dispatched to 725 Snyders Road E for an apartment fire. New Hamburg was requested as second alarm as trucks were responding. A tenant had left a deep fryer unattended. The fire was knocked down quickly. One member on scene one hour, served 20 drinks.

12 October 9:30, Kitchener P6 P3 A2 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 60 Steckle Place, Blue Water Thermal Solutions for a ventilation system fire. There have been many fires in the building, the company only calls for help when they can’t get the fire out with their fire suppression systems. P6 reported fire in the ducts, and requested a third pumper (P1). Fire was knocked down quickly, but there was considerable overhaul. Two members responded to the scene at 10:45 to check if rehab was needed, ended up on scene one hour and served 26 drinks.

18 October, Box 690 provided support for the annual Firefighters Memorial on Queen Street. Two members on scene seven hours.

21 October 12:22, Kitchener P5 P1 A2 R1 and Car 23 dispatched to 1493 Queens Blvd for a house fire. P5 arrived on scene with smoke showing, P2 was added as RIT pumper. Firefighters knocked the basement fire quickly. Damage pegged at $60,000. Two members on scene one hour, served 20 drinks and 16 snacks.

23 October 19:50, Cambridge tanker requested on Mutual aid to 6871 Wellington County Road 34 for a house fire. Puslinch was on scene of a fully involved large stone home. They had two tankers from Rockwood and Guelph’s tanker to augment their two tankers. Cambridge firefighters asked dispatch to call us to see if we would respond with some warm drinks and food. Four members responded and rolled truck. Served 75 drinks,  and five large pizza.

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