Wheat field fire destroys fire truck, damages tanker
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.