Wheat field fire de­stroys fire truck, dam­ages tanker

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - THE HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR

HALDIMAND COUNTY — One fire truck was de­stroyed and an­other badly dam­aged dur­ing a blaze that burned through a 50-acre wheat field Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The fire started just af­ter 3 p.m., at a farm on Third Line in a ru­ral area be­tween Cale­do­nia and Hagersville, said Haldimand County Fire Chief Rob Grim­wood.

A farmer had been cut­ting hay, and that ap­peared to have ig­nited the field, Grim­wood added.

By 7:15 p.m., fire­fight­ers had the blaze un­der con­trol and were just deal­ing with hot spots.

No one was in­jured in the fire, which com­pletely de­stroyed one pumper truck and sig­nif­i­cantly dam­aged a tanker truck, Grim­wood said.

“As much as we’ve de­stroyed two trucks here, this is a big vic­tory,” he said. “This was an in­cred­i­bly large fire.”

Fire­fight­ers were able to con­tain the blaze so it didn’t spread to any sur­round­ing struc­tures.

Grim­wood es­ti­mated the loss of the two ve­hi­cles at more than $500,000.

Winds shifted quickly and the trucks were set ablaze while they were be­ing repo­si­tioned, Grim­wood said.

This was the first time a fire truck had been de­stroyed dur­ing a blaze in Haldimand County, he added.

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