Yearly Archives: 2011

December 2011

Londoners rally for distraught family

December 22nd, 2011|

A neighbour’s house burned and the family’s Christmas presents destroyed, Alice Kolendowski had a hard time shaking a certain thought from her head Thursday morning.

“I keep on thinking about my own girls. I can’t imagine those children losing their toys,” Kolendowski, 29, said.

That in mind, Kolendowski and her sister went shopping, buying dolls, toy […]

Fire hits Blackfriars apartment house again

December 19th, 2011|

First, a suspected arson hit the place while they slept.

Now, six weeks later, firefighters say residents of a small London apartment house are lucky to be alive after yet another early-morning fire tore through their building just before dawn, a close call at a time when fires are deadliest.

The blaze sent five people to […]

Brescia remembers Montreal Massacre

December 11th, 2011|

Brescia University College commemorated the 22nd anniversary of the Montreal Massacre December 6 at the annual Ritual of Re-membering.

“The Montreal massacre took place at a university,” said Kim Young Milani, director of The Circle Women’s Centre. “So, as the only women’s university in Canada it is important that we honour this day (and) celebrate […]

Suspicious fires (updated)

December 8th, 2011|

Police and fire investigators are looking into the causes of a pair of suspicious fires set within 20 minutes of each other.

Just after 2:30 a.m. on Thursday (Dec. 8), John Haddow woke up to a neighbour knocking on his door to tell him his ‘93 Ford Tempo was engulfed in flames in the driveway […]

Flames reached to top of silos on farm

December 8th, 2011|

Barn fire created smoke that was thought to be toxic, but testing revealed no changes to air quality.

Emergency workers blocked off a section of Highbury Ave. on the outskirts of London Wednesday after a barn fire created a giant plume of toxic smoke that was visible kilometres away.

Two barns were fully engulfed when firefighters […]

Hazmat called to barn blaze (update)

December 7th, 2011|

The London Fire Department’s hazardous materials unit was on the scene of a large barn blaze earlier today after concerns nearby propane tanks could explode due to the intense heat.

The fire is now under control and the fire crews were able to keep the tanks cool. There were also concerns about burning insulation.

There have […]

White Oaks collision

December 7th, 2011|

Three people were sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries following a two-vehicle collision Wednesday evening (Dec. 7) at Ernest and Bradley Avenues.

London police confirmed the vehicles collided at the intersection, while one driver was turning left and the other, right. Two adult women were extracted from one of the vehicles and one senior […]

Major Fire South of London

December 7th, 2011|

Hyde Park home destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon

December 2nd, 2011|

A fire in Hyde Park has damaged a family home just before Christmas.

At around 4:30 pm. Yesterday (Dec. 21), London fire crews were called to 1794 Seymour Cres. after receiving notification about a house on fire.

The fire appears to have started in the rear of the home, but extended into the attic. According to […]

November 2011

City prepares for an emergency

November 23rd, 2011|

Would London be prepared if a disaster struck? City staff are going to be sure that they are.

Around 50 people met at the Emergency Operations Centre in Byron to participate in a staged training exercise on Wednesday (Nov. 23). The group, which included representatives from the London Fire Department and London Police Services, and […]

Two Grovesnor St. homes damaged by fire (update)

November 22nd, 2011|

By the time an early evening blaze was extinguished, two homes were suffering “extensive damages” and one firefighter was sent to hospital with serious injuries.

At around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night (Nov. 22), London Fire Department was called to a blaze at 518 Grovesnor St. The fire started in the rear of a single-family […]

London Fire Hall No. 7 – Responce Call to 911 Emergency Call – Crazy Fast

November 22nd, 2011|

Unknown cause in house fire

November 22nd, 2011|

The London Fire Department was investigating a mid-day house fire on Monday. Just after 2 p.m. a fire started on Snowden Crescent near Adelaide Street and Southdale Road. Fire damage was limited to the basement, but smoke damaged other parts of the house.

Fire officials say no one was home when the fire started and […]

Three Car Collision

November 21st, 2011|

Three vehicles involved in MVC at Richmond Rd and Cheapside St

Engine 10 Clearing an Intersection

November 20th, 2011|

Couple loses everything in fire

November 18th, 2011|

Aimee Ingelhardt and Adam Bourdeau have no idea what they’re going to do or where they’re going to go, after a fire destroyed their Blackfriars Street home early Friday morning (Nov. 18).

The couple woke up sometime between 5 and 6 a.m., Bordeau said, to the sound of smoke detectors in their multi-unit building. The […]

Not too late to change smoke alarm batteries (letter)

November 17th, 2011|

Daylight savings time recently came into effect. The London Fire Department wants to remind everyone to replace the old batteries in their smoke alarms if they haven’t already when they turned their clocks back.

A recent smoke alarm program carried out by the department with the assistance of the London Homebuilders Association found that of […]

911 Clash for a Cause raises $25,000

November 7th, 2011|

The 911 Clash for a Cause was created by members of the London Police Service and London Fire Department – combining a common fundraising goal with friendly competition between teams from around the community as they ride 24 hours non-stop on stationary bikes. This year’s event took place beginning at noon on Friday November […]

Clash for a cause

November 5th, 2011|

Police services and fire departments everywhere work together as a team daily, but vie for bragging rights in friendly competition off the job. And this past weekend, it was no different here in London.

Starting at noon on Friday (Nov. 4) and running through until noon on Saturday (Nov. 6), members of both the local […]

October 2011

Newest fire chief

October 29th, 2011|

Becoming fire chief requires countless hours of training, years of on- the-job experience and working your way up the proverbial fire ladder — that is unless you’re Owen McGonigal.

On Thursday afternoon (Oct. 28), the affable eight-year-old with determination in his eyes, was bestowed the title of London’s Honourary Fire Chief in a ceremony held […]