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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

ROTHERHITHE - 1871

Photo: National Maritime Museum, London

Illustration of ``The Great Fire at Rotherhithe'' shows members of the London Fire Brigade conducting salvage and overhaul.

The engraving - published in the Dec. 23, 1871 edition of the Illustrated London News - apparently depicts a fire that broke out on Oct. 24 of that year on Thames Street, destroying ``Nicholson's and other warehouses'' with ``great loss,'' according to Haydn's Dictionary of Dates and Universal Information.

Rotherhithe is located in the Docklands, on a peninsula on the south bank of the Thames.