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...
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