Cambridge, Ontario fire dispatch received a call from Regional Ambulance reporting a propane explosion in a large industrial building at 1429 Branchton Road in North Dumfries Township with one serious burn victim March 3, 2016. Cambridge dispatched a full response; four stations and tanker to the call at 7:46, assuming there was a fire in addition to the medical call for the burn patient.
Cambridge covers this area under contract for first hour for North Dumfries Township. A second 911 call from the farm confirmed a fire in one of their buildings. P5 requested both North Dumfries tankers when updated by this additional information confirming a fire. Once on scene, P5 reported a very large chicken barn approximately 200 x 30’, fully involved and requested a full response from North Dumfries.
North Dumfries responded with their two pumpers and two tankers and approximately 20 firefighters. North Dumfries’ chief requested dispatch to activate mutual aid for two tankers from St George (Brant County). Tankers shuttled water from a hydrant approximately ¾ of a mile from the scene. An excavator was brought in to pull the building down to gain access to hot spots. The Ontario Fire Marshall, TSSA, and fire prevention are investigating the fire to determine the cause. Box 690 was on scene for six hours providing rehab.
Cambridge Ontario firefighters responded to a house fire on Sekura Crescent December 15 2015 just after 16:00. P1 was first on scene reporting a fully involved, 1.5-story abandoned house. The 360 revealed the basement was flooded and had heavy fire on the second floor. All firefighting was to be defensive.
Firefighters knocked the bulk of the fire down in an hour. P5 laid in 1,000 feet of 4” high vol from Sekura. The long lay in and low pressure hydrant required a second hydrant to augment the water supply. Firefighters pulled 500 feet of 4” hose through a bush from Kovac Road. Firefighters stood by for hours tending to hot spots and waiting for a high hoe to arrive to tear the building down.
Box 690 on scene 4.5 hours providing rehab and dinner for firefighters.