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

August 31, 2012


On Oct. 10, 1957, fire struck Pile 1 at the Windscale nuclear power station in West Cumbria.

"There was no smoke and no flames and most local people were oblivious to what is generally seen as the world's first nuclear accident," the BBC said.

It took several tries for nuclear station personnel  to suppress the flames.