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Fire: HOME FRONT

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Fire: COVENT GARDEN - 1954

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Photos: Institution of Fire Engineers

Firefighters from London's old Clerkenwell fire station dearly in life and flesh at a fire at Covent Garden on May 11, 1954.

"While fighting a fire in a warehouse containing fruit and vegetables, adjacent to Covent Garden, London, Station Officer Fred Hawkins and Fireman A E J Batt-Rawden, both of Clerkenwell Fire Station, lost their lives,'' according to Fire magazine.

"Sub Officer Sidney Peen, Leading Fireman Ernest Datlin, Fireman Kenneth Aylward, Fireman Charles Gadd, Fireman Frederick Parr and Fireman Daniel Stocking were all sent to hospital. Three of the injured required plastic surgery treatment.''


Fire: 1958 INFERNO

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In January 1958, the London Fire Brigade tackled its largest operation since the Blitz.


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Fire: MOORGATE - 1908

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"The most serious fire which has as yet taken place in the network of the tube railways under London broke out recently about 25 yds. from the Moorgate st. station of the City & South London railway," the magazine Fire Engineering reported in 1908.

"Contrary to the inactive proceedings of our Interborough company, either on its subway or elevated lines, managers were at once dispatched along the line; the trains were stopped and the passengers sent to the surface.

"The electric current was at once cut off, so that no live wires or rails handicapped the firemen (wearing) smoke-helmets. Even with these on, they could not enter at Moorgate, the flame and smoke being so severe, and engines and men were dispatched to the stations at the Bank and Old street.

"The firemen soon had the blaze under control. There was a big crowd at Moorgate street station awaiting transportation: but no panic ensued and all the expectant passengers were taken up to the street by the elevators."


Fire: LAMBETH TURNOUT

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Fire: GATESHEAD - 1854

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Photo: skyscrapercity.com

On Oct. 6, 1854, a fire and explosion ravaged the neighboring towns of Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne, killing 53 people and causing scores of injuries. The fire started in a mill in Gateshead and burning debris crossed the River Tyne into Newcastle.


Fire: SUMMER OF FIRE

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Photo: Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Drought led to an outbreak of grass fires from Manchester to London during the summer of 2018.

In London, more than 200 firefighters battled a peat fire on Wanstead Flats, one of the largest ever in fire brigade history, on July 15.

``Peat fires are complex because they burn underground and travel before reappearing above the surface somewhere different,'' Allen Perez, deputy commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, said.


Fire: EUSTON PUB - 2018

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Photo: LFB Twitter page
A picture is worth a thousand words and this image illustrates, in the words of a London Fire Brigade officer, ``how important it is to ensure your cigarette is completely out when you've finished smoking it.''

On June 22, 2018, flames broke out at the historic Somers Town Coffee House, a popular pub near the 
Euston, St Pancras and King's Cross rail stations, while customers were watching the World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland. 

Everyone evacuated safely but half of the roof and and second floor of the pub, which 
dates back to 18th century, sustained damage.



Fire: `I AM ANGRY'

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Grenfell Tower disaster, June 14, 2017 - 72 dead, 70 injured, 223 escaped

David Badillo, front, and watch manager Michael Dowden at Grenfell Tower

Daily Telegraph - June 29, 2018


With the plea of a young girl’s sister ringing in his ears a firefighter at Grenfell Tower undertook a desperate “personal mission” to rescue a 12-year-old from the flames.

David Badillo effectively ignored London Fire Brigade instructions to residents of the tower to stay in their homes by going up to the 20th floor to try and find Jessica Urbano Ramirez and bring her down to safety.

But to this day he remains haunted by his failure to find the young girl, who had fled her flat and climbed to the 23rd floor, where she later died.

Recalling how he was unable to save Jessica, Mr Badillo broke down on Friday as he gave evidence at the public inquiry into the disaster, which claimed 72 lives in June last year.

He had set out to find the Jessica after bumping into her sister on the ground floor of Grenfell Tower, as the fire began to take hold above them.



Fire: VERNON MILLS - 1902

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Tragedy at Vernon Mills

The Manchester Evening News - in an article dated July 4, 2017 - reports retired journalist and broadcaster Dave Hulme is attempting to locate descendants of victims of the deadly Vernon Mills fire.

The Nov. 5, 1902 blaze - which 
broke out in a cotton spinning machine on the third floor for the No. 1 mill - killed nine men, including Hulme's great grandfather, Issac Peet. 

They were 
Thomas Hipwell, Joseph Beard, George Rowarth, Thomas Ashton, John Cotton, William Wright, Richard Jones and Robert Hunt.

Additionally, Joseph Adshead, who suffered burns, died three years later.


If you can help, Hulme's e-mail is 
[email protected]btinternet.com, according to the Evening News.




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