Fire Buffs promote the general welfare of the fire and rescue service and protect its heritage and history. Famous Fire Buffs through the years include Edward VII, who maintained a kit at a London fire station.

"THE RESCUE" - 1855

"THE RESCUE" - 1855

April 26, 2007


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

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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.



(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


"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


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