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.
David Badillo, front, and watch manager Michael Dowden at Grenfell Tower
Daily Telegraph - June 29, 2018
With the plea of a young girl’s sister ringing in his ears a firefighter at Grenfell Tower undertook a desperate “personal mission” to rescue a 12-year-old from the flames.
David Badillo effectively ignored London Fire Brigade instructions to residents of the tower to stay in their homes by going up to the 20th floor to try and find Jessica Urbano Ramirez and bring her down to safety.
But to this day he remains haunted by his failure to find the young girl, who had fled her flat and climbed to the 23rd floor, where she later died.
Recalling how he was unable to save Jessica, Mr Badillo broke down on Friday as he gave evidence at the public inquiry into the disaster, which claimed 72 lives in June last year.
He had set out to find the Jessica after bumping into her sister on the ground floor of Grenfell Tower, as the fire began to take hold above them.
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.
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.
``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.
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.''
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 deepcrimson hue in the sky, which pretty well indicated both the situation and magnitudeof the conflagration, although there was a strong twilight at the time, and themoon was shining withgreat brilliancy.
On arrivingin Old Palace-yard, about half-past seven, I found theHouse of Lords, and suite of rooms facing the Yard,enveloped in one vivid massof flame; theHouse of Commons soon after ignited; and thefire, fanned by a strong south-west...