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Fire: FIREFIGHTING IN 1666

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Photo: Country Life

When flames devoured most on London in September 1666, the task of firefighting was left to local militias and able-bodied citizens.

T
he tower of parish churches were required by law to maintain a supply of firefighting gear, including long ladders, leather buckets, axes and fire hooks.

Rudimentary pumps and building demolition were also employed to halt flames.

It was a thin line of defense though and could do little to save London from the Great Fire of 1666.


Fire: THAMES HAVEN -1940

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL

On Aug. 24, 1940, the Luftwaffe bombed the Thames Haven Oil Wharf on the Thames Estuary at Thurrock, Essex. The blaze was one of the first tests for the wartime Auxiliary Fire Service. Firefighters waded through pools of crude to apply foam.


Fire: HARTLEPOOL -1954

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Photo: Hartlepool Borough Council

``The Match Factory fire began in the late afternoon on August 30th, 1954. It showed as a column of black smoke gushing from the north corner of the roof,took hold and continued late into the night gutting the building. On a lighter note it is said that the insurance company when viewing the claims is reported to have said that the girls who worked there must have been the best dressed in the country. ''

- Hartlepool History Then and Now 


Fire: CLARENCE HOTEL - 2016

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL

On Oct. 28, 2016, fire destroyed the timber-framed Royal Clarence Hotel in Exeter - said to be 
England’s oldest hotel.

Flames started in an art gallery and spread to the hotel, The Guardian reported.

At the height of the blaze, the Devon and Somerset fire service said: 
 “Because of the complex structure of the old buildings here we haven’t been able to put firefighters on the inside, so we’re fighting it from the outside.

“We’ve got the aerial ladder platforms so we are pouring water on top of it. We are trying to contain it but there are signs now of damage to the bedroom floors of the hotel.”

The hotel - which escaped damage during World War II - was built in 1769 as the Assembly Rooms and in 1827 renamed the Royal Clarence after a visit by Adelaide, Duchess of Clarence, The Guardian said.


Fire: HERO DRIVER

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
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Fire: SONNING FIRE BRIGADE

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"Thought this may be of interest. It was awarded as you can see to Sonning Fire Brigade in 1926. My connection is this would of been given to my great grandfather as he was station officer Edwards. I’m not sure why it was given.’’ - Gordon Houchen


Fire: LIVERPOOL - 1886

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Lewis's department store ablaze


Fire: MAIDA VALE - 1997

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Photo: Instagram
London Fire Brigade aerial platform, Maida Vale, 1997


Fire: SHEEPCOTE ROAD - 1995

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Photo: Instagram
London firefighters at Sheepcote Road, Harrow, August 1995
 


Fire: TOTTENHAM & HARROW

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL

Photos: LFB Twitter
On Sept. 18, 2017, fire gutted a warehouse at White Hart Lane, Tottenham. Twenty-five engines answered the alarm. Flames were visible across North London. Part of the structure collapsed. The brigade's response included four aerials and five rescue units.  


Photos: LFB Twitter
On Sept. 14, 2017, fire destroyed a warehouse at Chantry Place, Harrow. Propane cylinders were involved. Traffic was stopped as a precaution at the nearby Headstone Lane train station. Eight engines responded to the fire.




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