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Fire: HENDERSON'S - 1960

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL


Photo: Liverpool Ambulance

On June 22, 1960, fire destroyed Henderson's department store in Liverpool, claiming 11 lives.

The blaze led to reforms granting fire brigades legal authority conduct safety inspections of stores and offices and implement escape plans, similar to the requirements of the Factories Act.

One of the rescuers, Firefighter George Taylor, recalled the fire in a BBC interview in 2010:

"When we got to the incident the driver of the turntable ladder had seen the situation, there were people on the ledge about 100 feet up on the fourth floor of the building.

"They'd obviously managed to get out of the windows on to that ledge. A lot of heat and smoke [was] coming out of the building, flames on different levels.

"When the ladder was extended my boss was about to go up but he didn't have what we call a hook belt which was a security device.

"I'd managed to put one of those on so I called to him to let me go past him, which I did.

"As I'm going up the ladder about halfway up the people on the left hand side of the head of the ladder, two...

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Fire: COLNEY HATCH

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL


Image: Illustrated London News

On Jan. 27, 1903, a blaze at London's 
Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum - a fire trap with temporary wards made of lumber - killed 52 women.

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Fire: PRINCESS'S THEATRE - 1829

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL


 The Royal Princess's Theatre at 73 Oxford Street in London burned in 1829.



Fire: ST CATHERINE'S - 1913

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL


On May 6, 1913, fire gutted St. Catherine's Church in London and contemporary reports suggested the fire was set by suffragettes. The suffragettes were responsible for a series of blazes across London meant to protest government policy.



Fire: ROYAL VISITOR - 1974

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL


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.



Fire: BLITZ TOLL

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL


London districts pounded by Nazi air raids



Fire: HOME FRONT

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Fire: COVENT GARDEN - 1954

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
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

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL



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


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Fire: MOORGATE - 1908

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL
"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."




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