Monday, April 1, 2013

KILBIRNIE STREET - 1972

 

Photos: BBC, Scottish Television

UPDATED JANUARY 2014

On Aug. 25, 1972, seven Glasgow firemen perished at Sher Brothers warehouse on Kilbirnie Street.

Divisional officer Andrew Quinn, leading fireman Alastair Crofts, and firemen Iain Bermingham, Allan Finlay, William Hooper and Duncan McMillan died trying to evacuate a colleague, James Rook, who was pinned beneath shelving in the attic.

"Whilst evacuating the property after successfully rescuing the trapped firefighter, a massive flashover of extreme heat overtook them resulting in the deaths of all seven firefighters," according to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.

Temperatures reached 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit.


On the 40th Anniversary of the tragedy, retired firefighter Hugh Welsh, who was on the scene that day, told the BBC:

"I hate to say it, but it was an ordinary fire.

"It was not any worse than fires I had been at or even attended after it.

"It was just a fire that went not the proper way."

The Sher Brothers warehouse was originally built as a stable in 1899.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

MOTORIZATION


 
In 1906, Glasgow Fire Brigade bought their first motor pumps from Merryweather of London, one of which is shown on the right of this photograph.

The Merryweather contrasts with the old style Shand Mason steamer on the left.

Steamers cost more to run than the motor pumps as they required not only coal to fuel the boilers but the purchase and care of the horses which pulled them.

During the early 1900s steamers were phased out and replaced by the more cost-efficient and modern motor pumps.

Photo at Central Fire Station, Ingram Street, circa 1906, from collection of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums