Photo: Wiki Commons Queen Elizabeth II meeting London Fire Brigade members who responded to 1974's wave of IRA bombings. She is escorted by Chief Officer Joseph Milnerin at London Fire Brigade headquarters in Lambeth.
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.''
"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."
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.
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.