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

February 26, 2008

BUCKINGHAM PALACE - 2002

Photo: BBC

On June 2, 2002, fire broke out at Buckingham Palace. The flames, confined to the loft of the West Terrace, were extinguished within an hour.

Steve Newman, a firefighter quoted by the BBC, said: "We had around 20 pumps and the royal household has been fully informed. In the course of fire fighting, four people were escorted from the roof. They were staff who were guided down through the house. They were staff working on the roof.''

Scotland Yard said the Royal Family was away.