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Monday, April 1, 2013



Photos: BBC, Scottish Television


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.