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.

February 28, 2018


Tragedy at Vernon Mills

The Manchester Evening News - in an article dated July 4, 2017 - reports retired journalist and broadcaster Dave Hulme is attempting to locate descendants of victims of the deadly Vernon Mills fire.

The Nov. 5, 1902 blaze - which 
broke out in a cotton spinning machine on the third floor of the No. 1 mill - killed nine men, including Hulme's great grandfather, Issac Peet. 

They were 
Thomas Hipwell, Joseph Beard, George Rowarth, Thomas Ashton, John Cotton, William Wright, Richard Jones and Robert Hunt.

Additionally, Joseph Adshead, who suffered burns, died three years later.

If you can help, Hulme's e-mail is, according to the Evening News.

February 03, 2018

PIER FIRE - 2008

On July 28, 2008, flames engulfed the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service deployed 13 engines, special units and 60 firefighters.

Wikipedia said:

``Robert Tinker, a Grand Pier employee, was later praised by the fire brigade as he braved the extreme intensity of the heat from the flames to rush around the side of the building to remove several gas canisters which had been stored within the premises, had these not been removed the fire brigade claimed that the blaze could have been much worse, with the possibility of local residents and traders needing to be evacuated.''

The pier, which opened in 1904, was rebuilt and opened again in 2010. 
It was also the scene of a major fire in 1930.