Monthly Archives: May 2012

May 2012

Ammonia Leak Forces Another Evacuation of London Ice Park

May 31st, 2012|

London Firefighters and members of the hazmat team were dispatched to the London Ice Park on Wednesday night for the second time in as many months.

Crews were called to the scene to deal with an ammonia leak at the arena on Brookside Street around 8 p.m. after several people inside, and outside, the arena […]

Firefighters Called to Car Fire Behind Thames Secondary School

May 27th, 2012|

The London Fire Department were called to a car fire this morning in the city’s east end.

Crews attended the call just after 6 a.m. at Thames Secondary School located on Trafalgar Street.

A vehicle behind the school was on fire.

No word yet on if the fire is considered suspicious or the amount of damage that […]

Perplexing pond stumps sleuths

May 25th, 2012|

They do know it’s not toxic and that it seems to be confined to a few blocks of the city.

What they don’t know is what it is that’s making some water in London blood red.

Experts from both the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the City of London are still on the trail of […]

Family fun at Victoria P.S.

May 25th, 2012|

It was a carnival atmosphere at Victoria Public School on Wharncliffe Road Thursday night (May 24), as the school’s parent council played host to their second annual Family Fun Fair.

The event featured a long list of activities ranging from ring toss and static displays by Middlesex-London EMS and the London Fire Department to a […]

Exercise Merlin puts Fanshawe students to the test

May 24th, 2012|

There were all the trappings of a major disaster at Fanshawe College on Wednesday (May 24).

A fire and secondary explosion in a student dorm with multiple casualties would normally have brought emergency services speeding to the scene from across the city. But this time instead, it was students from the school’s various programs including […]

One unit destroyed, 2 heavily damaged

May 23rd, 2012|

A massive fire tore through a townhouse complex in south London Tuesday, sending thick plumes of black smoke across the city skyline.

The stubborn blaze that carried on for more than two hours ravaged one unit at 786 Shelborne St. near Commissioners Rd. E. and Deveron Cres. and damaged at least two others.

Letoya Robinson-Francis arrived […]

Apartment Fire on Walnut Street

May 23rd, 2012|

A fire at a London highrise apartment building today damaged a unit on Walnut Street.

The call came in to London Fire around noon and heavy smoke was in the hallway outside the 10th floor unit.

No one was injured and report say careless smoking might be the cause.

No damage estimate has been released yet.

via News/Talk […]

Blaze rips through complex

May 22nd, 2012|

As he watched firefighters battle the relentless blaze gutting his home on Tuesday afternoon (May 22), Sayad Khan Abdunaziz wondered where he and his family would sleep that night.

Shortly after 5 p.m., the London Fire Department was called to a townhouse complex off of Shelborne Street, near the intersection of Commissioners and Pond Mills […]

Pond Mills Townhouse Fire

May 22nd, 2012|

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The Aftermath

May 22nd, 2012|

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Potting Soil Fires

May 20th, 2012|

There have been a number of reports lately about fires occurring in planters or flowerpots in which potting soil has been used. The fires are of a smouldering nature and, if the planter or flowerpot is plastic, can also result in melting the container. If other combustible material is in close proximity to the […]

History of Fire Hall No. 5

May 19th, 2012|

During the early days of firefighting in London, the fire department was also an insurance company.

If a home did not display a plaque indicating it was insured through the department and a fire broke out, firefighters would let the house burn down.

This was one of the stories retired London fire chief Jim Fitzgerald, 77, […]

Collision with Ambulance

May 18th, 2012|

One person taken to hospital when two vehicles collided with an ambulance.

Hidden History of Hamilton Road

May 17th, 2012|

Thursday May 17 at  Fire Hall Number 5 Retired Fire Chief J.F. (Jim) Fitzgerald will present the history of the London Fire Department, with a focus on Fire Hall Number 5. Formerly located at 155 Adelaide St., No. 5 served the Hamilton Road area, SoHo and the Old East Village. The event will be […]

Fireworks Sparking Concern for Fire Department This Long Weekend

May 16th, 2012|

The London Fire Department is urging residents to include fire safety in their Victoria Day Weekend plans, especially when it comes to fireworks.

House fire on Helena Avenue

May 15th, 2012|

London firefighters are at the scene of a house fire on Helena Avenue
that began at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 15).
Police said no one was home in the house and no one was injured.
The fire was extinguished by roughly 2:15 p.m.

London Fire Service Chief Tim Askin said the blaze started with a car fire […]

Southwest London stove fire burns $50,000

May 15th, 2012|

London firefighters were called to 100 Huxley St. Tuesday afternoon after a kitchen was set ablaze.

In a southwest apartment, at about 3 p.m., unattended cooking oil caused a costly fire estimated at $50,000.

“The occupant was lucky to have escaped this fire,” platoon chief Paul Carew said.

The fire’s trail did not exceed the kitchen, as […]

House Fire at 189 Helena Avenue

May 15th, 2012|

London Firefighter’s responded to a house fire at 189 Helena Avenue around 1:30 this afternoon.

It’s said that no one was in the home or injured.

Smoke billowed from upper windows and the roof before firefighters began to extinguish the fire around 2:15 pm.

It’s not known yet how the fire started, the investigation is continuing..

via News/Talk […]

Oil Left Unattended on Stove; 50k in Damage

May 15th, 2012|

It points out the dangers of leaving something unattended on the stove.

Especially cooking oil, which if left heated sufficiently.. can explode, according to London Firefighter Platoon Chief Paul Carew.

Around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, London Firefighters were called to an apartment complex on 100 Huxley Street.

The cause was from an occupant leaving oil on the stove […]

Firefighters turn on the sex appeal for calendar selection

May 12th, 2012|

The Progress Building at the Western Fair District was smoking hot on Friday night May 11. There was no reason to call the fire department though — they were already there, participating in the London Firefighters Hall of Flame Calendar Selection Night.A total of 18 of the departments finest took to the stage in […]