"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

"Heroes with grimy faces" - Sir Winston Churchill

May 02, 2007

INCIDENTS OF NOTE

UPDATED MARCH 2008

Iron Mountain warehouse - July 2006

Fire on Oxford Street - April 2007

Photos: BBC

List of incidents of note:

Feb. 9, 2008 - Camden Market. 20 pumps.

Jan. 17, 2008 - British Airways Flight 38 crash landing at Heathrow.

Jan. 2, 2008 - Royal Marsden Hospital, 25 pumps. 79 patients evacuated.

Aug. 29, 2007 - Standard Road, Park Royal. 15 pumps.

June 29 and July 1, 2007 - Two 20-pump fires at University of Westminster, Watford Road, Harrow, days apart. The first fire involved gas cylinders, the second involved classrooms, the BBC said.

May 21, 2007 - Cutty Sark, King William Walk, Greenwich. 8 pumps.

April 26-27, 2007 - Oxford Street shops. 30 pumps.

Feb. 19, 2007 - Albert Court, Kensington Gore, South Kensington. 30 pumps.

Oct. 4, 2006 - Pellet Yard, Nobel Road. 20 pumps.

July 12, 2006 - A pair of 20-pump fires on the same day at Aerodrome Road and Iron Mountain, Twelvetrees Crescent, Bow.

July 16, 2005 - Staples Corner, Cricklewood. 20 pumps.

July 14, 2005 - Factory fire. VDC House, South Way, Wembley. 30 pumps. Stadium construction site evacuated as precaution.

July 7, 2005 - Transit bombings. More than 50 dead. 700 injured. Edgware Road Underground Station, 12 pumps; Kings Cross Underground, 12 pumps; Aldgate Underground, 10 pumps.

Sept. 6, 2004 - Chasewood Park, Sudbury Hill, Harrow. 20 pumps.

July 20, 2004 - 419 Bethnal Green Road, London. 2 firefighters killed. 8 pumps.

April 30, 2004 - 145 Coles Green Road, Cricklewood. 20 pumps.

April 27, 2004 - Flash floods. Fire brigade receives more than 1,000 calls.

Aug. 7. 2003 - Stonefield Way, South Ruislip. 20 pumps.

July 29, 2003 - Telstar House, Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington. 20 pumps.

June 2, 2003 - Waitrose, Bullards Lane, Finchley. 20 pumps.

Sept. 2, 2002 - Seven people rescued from hostel fire. Montagu Place, Marylebone. 8 pumps.

Aug. 7 2002 - Lightning storms strike London. Fire brigade receives 1,400 calls.

July 29, 2002 - West London & Ealing College, The Green. 20 pumps.

June 6, 2002 - Buckingham Palace. 20 pumps.

Aug. 24, 2001 - Mays Transport, Hindsman Way, Dagenham. 20 pumps.

Oct. 22, 2000 - Zotefoams, Mitcham Road, Croydon. 30 pumps.

July 16, 2000 - The Big Yellow Storage, 100 Garratt Lane. 30 pumps.

Oct. 5, 1999 - Paddington rail disaster, Barlby Road. 12 pumps.

Sept. 2, 1999 - 40 Earlham St. 20 pumps.

July 19, 1999 - Ferry Lane, Rainham. 20 pumps.

April 30, 1999 - Bombing at Admiral Duncan Public House, Old Compton Street

Jan. 4, 1998 - Sahib Foods, 163 Brent Road, Southall. 20 pumps.

Dec. 12, 1997 - Heathrow Airport, Terminal One. Hundreds of flights delayed, diverted or cancelled. 15 pumps.

Nov. 15, 1996 - Selsdon Court, Dormers Rise, Southall. 20 pumps.

Sept. 22, 1996 - Mill Lane, Waddon, Croydon. 20 pumps.

Feb 18, 1996 - Bombing aboard bus in West End.

Feb 10, 1996 - Bombing at Docklands.

Feb. 2, 1996 - Two major fires. Marsh Wall, 20 pumps. Kwikfit, The Hyde, Edgware Road, 15 pumps.

Jan. 17, 1996 - Natwest Tower. Roof fire. 500 calls received at "999."

Aug. 24, 1993 - Bombing at Bishopsgate, City of London. 20 pumps.

April 10, 1992 - Bombing at St. Mary Axe, City of London. 3 civilian deaths.

July 21, 1990 - Bombing at London Stock Exchange.

March 31, 1990 - Poll Tax Riot, Trafalger Square.

Feb. 12, 1990 - Savoy Theatre.

Aug. 20, 1989 - Sinking of Marchioness. 51 dead.

Dec. 12, 1988 - Chapham Junction rail disaster.

Nov. 18, 1987 - King's Cross underground. 31 dead, including Soho Station Officer Colin Townsley.

March 31, 1986 - Hampton Court Palace.

Dec. 17, 1983 - Harrod's, central London. 6 dead, 90 injured.

July 27, 1982 - Civil Service Building, The Strand. 20 pumps.

July 20, 1982 - Bombs at Hyde Park and Regents Park. 11 dead, 50 injured.

Jan. 18, 1981 - House fire, New Cross Road, Deptford, 13 dead.

Aug. 16, 1980 - 37 dead in club fire in Soho.

July 10, 1980 - Alexandra Palace.

April 27, 1980 - Old Caledonian ship fire on Thames. 15 pumps.

Jan. 26, 1979 - Villiers House. 40 pumps.

Nov. 1, 1978 - The Granary, Camley Street. 35 pumps. Firefighter Stephen Neil of Barbican station killed when wall collapsed on fire engine.

March 15, 1976 - Bombing on Hammersmith & City line train near West Ham.

Jan, 29, 1976 - Series of bombings in West End.

Sept. 5, 1975 - Bombing at London Hilton.

Feb. 28,1975 - Moorgate Underground Station. Train from Drayton Park plowed into dead-end tunnel, killing more than 40 people during morning rush hour.

Dec. 13, 1974 - Worsley Hotel, Maida Vale. 7 people die, including probationary firefighter Hamish Petit.

Oct. 22, 1974 - Bombing at Brooks Club.

July 17, 1974 - Bombing at Tower of London.

June 17, 1974 - Bombing at Westminister Hall.

Sept. 10, 1973 - Bombings at Kings Cross and Euston stations.

May 22, 1972 - Gardiner's Corner, Whitechapel. Fully involved shop and office block.

Oct. 31, 1971 - Bombing at Post Office Tower.

Aug. 9, 1971 - Riverside warehouse, Battlebridge Lane, near Tooley Street. 40 pumps.

July 17, 1969 - Tank farm at Dudgeons Wharf, the Isle of Dogs. 5 firefighters killed.

June 6, 1969 -Leinster Towers Hotel, Bayswater. Multiple ladder rescues. 30 pumps.

Nov. 5, 1967 - Hither Green rail disaster.

Sept. 22, 1966 - Bambergers Timber Yard, Grovelands Road, Tottenham. 30 pumps.

Sept. 22, 1965 - Grocers' Hall, City of London. 30 pumps.

Dec. 5, 1964 - Bishopsgate railway station. 60 pumps.

Aug. 11, 1960 - Tube fire at Redbridge.

July 28, 1958 - Tube fire at Holland Park.

Jan. 23, 1958 - Union Cold Storage Co. at Smithfield Market. 2 firefighters killed. More than 1,000 firefighters attended the incident.

Dec. 4, 1957 - Lewisham rail disaster.

Oct. 5, 1954 - Fire destroyed top floor of Royal Mail Mount Pleasant Sorting Office, Clerkenwell.

May 11, 1954 - Fruit and vegetable warehouse at Covent Garden. 3 firefighters killed.

April 8, 1953 - Rear-end collision of two Central Line trains in tunnel between Stratford and Leyton. 12 civilians killed.

Jan. 19, 1951 - Eldon Street warehouse fire and collapse. 3 firefighters killed. 22 other injured, including C.P. McDuell, deputy chief fire officer whose leg was amputated.

Dec. 31, 1946 - Two Metropolitan Line trains collide in fog near Northwood, causing fire. 3 dead.

Nov. 25, 1944 - Deadliest of German V2 rocket attacks. Woolworths, New Cross. More than 160 dead.

Nov. 16, 1940 - Wandsworth fire station demolished in air raid, killing six firefighters -- W. Brum, L. Isaacs and W. Beard, died on watch, and A. Turner, C. Andreazzi and D. Aust, died in recreation room. Firefighters L. Aylett and E. Bowler survived, resting under billiard table.

Oct. 7, 1940 - Soho fire station in central London received direct hit in air raid, killing Station Officer William Wilson and Auxiliary Firefighter Frederick Mitchell.

Sept. 7, 1940 to May 15, 1941 - The Blitz, World War II. Widespread aerial bombardment by Germany. Thousands killed, including more than 300 regular and auxiliary firefighters. Buckingham Palace, alone, suffered nine direct hits during attacks.

July 26, 1939 - IRA bombs explode at Kings Cross and Victoria stations.

May 17, 1938 - Two District Line trains collide near Charing Cross, 6 dead.

Dec. 27, 1937 - HMV Record Shop, Oxford St.

Nov. 30, 1936 - Crystal Palace.

March 7, 1936 - Surrey Commercial Docks.

Sept. 27, 1935 - Colonial Wharf, Wapping High Street. 60 pumps. Burned for four days.

Nov. 16, 1934 - Top floors of office building, Farringdon St., near Ludgate Circus.

1925 - Madame Tussauds wax museum.

Jan. 30, 1918 - Pepper Mills, Vauxhall. Fire and collapse. 7 firefighters killed.

Jan. 20, 1917 - Munitions plant explosion. 50 dead. 100 injured.

Aug. 24, 1916 - Zeppelin aerial bombardment, World War I.

August 1911 - Carlton Hotel.

Dec. 20, 1909 - Arding and Hobbs department store, near Clapham Junction, destroyed by fire.

June 9, 1902 - Queen Victoria Street. 8 civilians, beyond reach of fire brigade ladders, die.

April 12, 1902 - Commercial buildings, Barbican.

July 12, 1901 - West India Docks.

Nov. 19, 1897 - Cripplegate fire damages 100 buildings, primarily warehousing.

May 8, 1892 - Scott's Oyster Bar, Coventry Street. 4 dead.

Dec. 30, 1890 - Fire sweeps four commercial blocks in vicinity of Queen Victoria and Thames streets near Blackfrair's Bridge.

Oct. 13, 1890 - Rowley & Brock hat factory, Middle Street. 11 dead. Many injured.

Oct. 30, 1883 - First known bombings on London Underground, between Charing Cross and Westminster and at Paddington Praed Street. 60 people injured.

Aug. 14, 1883 - Fire in lunatic asylum, Southall Park. Six dead, including Dr. Robert Boyd.

Dec. 7, 1882 - Alhambra Theatre, Leicester Square. 2 firemen killed. HRH George, Prince of Wales - honorary firefighter - almost killed by falling wall.

Oct. 1, 1869 - Fireworks explosion. 69 Moscow Road, Bayswater. 7 dead.

June 23, 1861 - Warehouse at Cotton’s Wharf, Tooley Street. James Braidwood, chief of insurance industry's London Fire Engine Establishment, killed by falling wall. Incident led to organization of municipal fire service.

Oct. 30, 1841 - Tower of London.

Jan. 10, 1838 - Royal Exchange.

Oct. 16, 1834 - Houses of Parliament destroyed. Records show 64 men and 12 engines attended fire.

Sept. 2-Sept. 5, 1666 - Great Fire of London. Four fifths of London destroyed.

April 26, 2007

KINGS CROSS VIDEO

FIRE AT UNDERGROUND STATION
Nov. 18, 1987

"MAKE PUMPS THIRTY... AT LEAST 50 PERSONS BELIEVED INVOLVED BA CREWS STILL SEARCHING" - Radio message sent to Fire Brigade control room from King's Cross

Click on logo to view ITN news footage via You Tube link

On Nov. 18, 1987, a flash fire engulfed an old wooden escalator at the King's Cross underground station. Thirty one people perished in that disaster including a firefighter - Colin Townsley, station officer from the Soho Fire Station in central London.

SEE ALSO - FIRE JOURNAL REPORT:

http://londonfirejournal.blogspot.com/2005/07/kings-cross-fire-1987.html

BRIGADE AT WORK

(Photo: BBC web site)

New Cross - Jan. 18, 1981

Thirteen people died after fire broke out at a birthday party on New Cross Road, Deptford. ``Evidence pointed to arson, but witnesses admitted making false statements to police,'' the BBC said.

(Photo: BBC web site)

July 7, 2005 Attacks

CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FIRE JOURNAL'S 7-7 REPORT

"Four suicide bombers struck in central London on Thursday 7 July, killing 52 people and injuring more than 770. The co-ordinated attacks hit the transport system as the morning rush hour drew to a close. Three bombs went off at 0850 BST on underground trains just outside Liverpool Street and Edgware Road stations, and on another travelling between King's Cross and Russell Square. The final explosion was around an hour later on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square, not far from King's Cross." - BBC web site

(Photo: BBC web site)

Evacuating July 7 Casualty

"The bombs were constructed using materials which were readily available." - BBC web site

(Photo: firetactics.com)

20-Pump Fire at Telstar House - July 29, 2003

"Three firefighters were hurt while they were looking for a reported missing person in the building which is owned by London Underground. ... Assistant Divisional Officer Brian Mitchinson said: `We can only commend their bravery.'" - BBC web site

(Photo: BBC web site)

Harrow and Wealdstone Rail Disaster - Oct. 8, 1952

"A total of 108 passengers and four rail crew were killed and nearly 340 people injured. It emerged that the driver of 2015 sleeper train from Perth had passed two signals at danger when it ran into the Tring-Euston commuter at about 60mph (97kp/h)." - BBC web site


(Photo: London Fire and Civil Defence Authority)

Cannon Street Crash - Jan. 8, 1991

"Two passengers died and more than 240 were injured after a train ran into buffers." - BBC web site

(Photo: BBC web site)

London Tornado - Dec. 7, 2006

"Up to 150 houses and many cars were damaged when the freak weather hit the Kensal Rise area. One man in his 50s suffered a serious head injury and five were treated for minor injuries and shock." - BBC web site

(Photo: Private collection)

The Blitz

The German raids of World War II claimed the lives of 327 firefighters serving in the London region - members of both the regular and auxilary fire services. Another 3,000 London firefighters suffered serious injuries.

(Photo: Private collection)

Crystal Palace - 1936

"LONDON, Nov. 30 - Engulfed in a roaring sheet of flames, which towered so high into the night sky that it could be seen almost from the English Channel, the world-famous Crystal Palace, architectural pride of the Victorian era, crashed to the earth tonight a raging inferno of twisted girders and molten glass." - The New York Times