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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.


Fire: PIER FIRE - 2008

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On July 28, 2008, flames engulfed the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service deployed 13 engines, special units and 60 firefighters.

Wikipedia said:

``Robert Tinker, a Grand Pier employee, was later praised by the fire brigade as he braved the extreme intensity of the heat from the flames to rush around the side of the building to remove several gas canisters which had been stored within the premises, had these not been removed the fire brigade claimed that the blaze could have been much worse, with the possibility of local residents and traders needing to be evacuated.''

The pier, which opened in 1904, was rebuilt and opened again in 2010. 
It was also the scene of a major fire in 1930.



Fire: FROM USA

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Fire: STAPLES CORNER - 2018

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Photos: London Fire Brigade

On Jan. 8, 2018,  15 engines responded to a fire at a paint factory on Waterloo Road , Staples Corner, London.


Fire: LONDON ZOO - 2017

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Misha the arrdvark

Photos: London Zoo, Sky News

On Dec. 23, 2017, a fire at the London Zoo killed Misha the arrdvark.

Four meerkats were presumed dead.

Ten fire engines and 72 firefighters and officers responded to the blaze, which was reported at 6:08 a.m.

Station Manager David George said: "The fire mainly involved the café and shop but part of a nearby animal petting area was also affected. 
When they arrived our crews were faced with a very well developed fire.''
A London Zoo statement said: ``Duty staff that live on site at the zoo were on the scene immediately, and started moving animals to safety. The London Fire Brigade were on the scene within minutes and the fire was brought under control by 9:16 a.m. A number of zoo staff have been treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and shock.''


Fire: WESTMINSTER - 1834

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On Oct. 16, 1834, fire ripped through the Palace of Westminster, home of British Parliament.

The first hint of disaster was a burning odor reported at 4 p.m. Flames were visible by 6 p.m. and flashed over 30 minutes later, according to Wikipedia.

Two parish pumps were the first on the scene at about 6:45 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Superintendent James Braidwood of the London Fire Engine Establishment  responded with 12 engines and 64 firefighters.

Eyewitness William Baddeley described the scene in Mechanics Magazine,  Feb. 14, 1835 edition:


I was called to the scene 
of action about seven o’clock, from observing a deep crimson hue in the sky, which pretty well indicated both the situation and magnitude of the conflagration, although there was a strong twilight at the time, and the moon was shining with great brilliancy.

 On 
arriving in Old Palace-yard, about half-past seven, I found the House of Lords, and suite of rooms facing the Yard, enveloped in one vivid mass of flame; the House of Commons soon after ignited; and the fire, fanned by a strong south-west...

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Fire: FIREFIGHTING IN 1666

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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

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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

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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

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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.




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