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Fire: CANTEEN

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Photo: London Fire Brigade
The canteen was one of the longest serving vehicles in London Fire Brigade history. It went in service in 1938 and continued into the 1960s, according to LFB website.  It was staffed by a crew of two firefighters. 


Fire: TAUNTON - 1978

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL


Photos: BBC

On July 6, 1978, fire burned out a British Rail sleeping car at Fairwater Close, Taunton, killing 13 people and injuring others.

The train was travelling from Penzance to Paddington station in London when 
laundry stacked against an electric heater ignited, the BBC said.

All 31 of the dead or injured were in the front two carriages.


Fireman Derek James said: "It was a really eerie scene. Then we had instructions to go in and remove the people from the carriage. It was horrendous in there."

A passenger said: "I remember being woken up and being carried out of the train. The place was full of smoke. All I could see was people smashing the windows and trying to get other people out."

Ray Stokes, a newspaper reporter, said people living near the tracks 
used wire cutters to break down a fence to render aid.


Fire: 75TH ANNIVERSARY

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
This famous photograph, St Paul's Survives, was snapped from the roof of the Daily Mail building by Herbert Mason.

On the night of Dec. 29-30, 1940, London suffered an inferno dubbed the Second Great Fire of London, timed by German raiders to coincide with low tide on the River Thames to impair fire fighting. 

Nazi bombers dropped more than 24,000 high explosives and 100,000 incendiaries, destroying historic buildings and churches and gutting the medieval Great Hall of the City's Guildhall.

The destruction stretched south from Islington to St Paul's Cathedral, scorching an area greater than that of the Great Fire of London of 1666.

As the flames approached St Paul's Cathedral, a symbol of London's glory, 
Prime Minister Winston Churchill called of the Fire Brigade and St. Paul's fire watch to save the landmark.

They did.

The Second Great Fire of London claimed the lives of 
14 firefighters and injured 250 others.

Today a fire service memorial stands on the cathedral's grounds.

The firestorm destroyed 19 churches, 31 guild halls and ravaged Paternoster...

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Fire: WALWORTH - 2013

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Newington Library fire, March 25, 2013


Fire: MUSWELL HILL - 2013

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
On June 5, 2013, fire leveled the Al-Rahma Islamic Centre in Muswell Hill, London.  English Defense League graffiti was painted on the side of the building, according to news reports.


Fire: HUDDERSFIELD - 1941

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL

Photos: ITV, Examiner
The war years weren't immune to accidents.

On Oct. 31, 1941, fire swept H. Booth & Son clothing factory in Huddersfield, England, claiming 49 lives.
Recalling the fire, The Huddersfield Daily Express said:  "The five-story clothing factory had only one staircase, no evacuation drill and a buzzer system which failed."

The cause of the fire was deemed to be "
a smoker’s pipe left alight inside a raincoat pocket," according to Wikipedia.


Fire: CATACOMBS - 1949

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL

On Dec. 21, 1949, fire broke out in stacks of Christmas trees stored the catacombs beneath London's Covent Garden Flower Market and burned for 24 hours.


A fireman died; many others were injured, according to press reports.


More than 1 million gallons of water were pumped into the catacombs, some standing as high as five feet.


Fire: GREEN GODDESS

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL

Photo: Daily Express
Military firefighters staffing reserve "Green Goddess" pumper in Cambridge during 2002 fire strike. The British government maintained the fleet of reserve fire equipment  for civil defense and national emergencies. The engines have since been retired. 



Illustration: BBC


Fire: OAKWOOD HOSPITAL - 1957

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL

Three members of the Kent Fire Brigade died in the aftermath of a fire at a psychiatric hospital in November 1957.

From Kent History Forum


The fire which broke out at Oakwood Mental Hospital on 29th November 1957 will never be forgotten by the Brigade as amongst the six killed at the scene were three Brigade personnel. An emergency call was made by the night Nursing Superintendent immediately he discovered the fire whilst making his rounds.

The call was received at Maidstone Fire Station at 06.40 hours and were on the scene within four minutes. On arrival the Brigade found hospital staff fighting the fire with a jet, direct from a hydrant. Faced with a developing fire situation at first floor level adjacent to the wards containing 350 mentally ill patients, the officer-in-charge of the two appliances and Turntable Ladder despatched in the initial response got to work after "making pumps 6" at 06.48.

Having started in the tailor's shop on the first floor, the fire raged out of control through the workshop wing, the printer's shop, the library, a...

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Fire: STRIKING POSE

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
Fireman alongside statue of Queen Victoria after fire in Stepney, 1931




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