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VERNON MILLS - 1902

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL on the 28th February 2018 at 16:59 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Tragedy at Vernon MillsThe 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,...
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PIER FIRE - 2008

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL on the 03rd February 2018 at 16:00 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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...
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FROM USA

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL on the 29th January 2018 at 14:23 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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STAPLES CORNER - 2018

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL on the 09th January 2018 at 14:54 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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

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LONDON ZOO - 2017

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL on the 27th December 2017 at 17:41 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Misha the arrdvarkPhotos: London Zoo, Sky NewsOn 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...
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WESTMINSTER - 1834

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL on the 22nd December 2017 at 18:45 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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...
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FIREFIGHTING IN 1666

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL on the 19th December 2017 at 18:19 - Posted in Fire Blogs

Photo: Country LifeWhen flames devoured most on London in September 1666, the task of firefighting was left to local militias and able-bodied citizens.The 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.

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THAMES HAVEN -1940

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL on the 18th December 2017 at 20:01 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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.

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HARTLEPOOL -1954

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL on the 15th December 2017 at 15:38 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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 

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CLARENCE HOTEL - 2016

Written by RSS Poster LONDON FIRE JOURNAL on the 07th December 2017 at 19:17 - Posted in Fire Blogs

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...
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